Sylvester Stallone to Lead 'Scarpa' Mob Thriller for Brad Furman
If that trailer for Reach Me left a bad taste in your mouth, Sylvester Stallone might be able to redeem himself with a developing project at Millennium Films from The Expendables franchise producer Avi Lerner. Deadline has word that Stallone will lead Scarpa, a new organized crime thriller from The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman that will tell the story of Gregory Scarpa Sr, a hitman also known as "The Grim Reaper" who was the chief enforcer of the Colombo crime family during the 70s and 80s and an FBI informant for over thirty years. And there's a writer aboard who will please fans of quality mob films as well.
Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote Goodfellas and Casino for director Martin Scorsese, will write the film with the hopes of going in front of cameras before the end of 2014. Stallone will also reteam with his Rocky producer Irwin Winkler on a project that sounds extremely promising for the actor. Scarpa is one of the best known names in organized crime, calling himself the Killing Machine, bragging about killing at least 50 people. Of course, Stallone hasn't done much in the vein of great acting lately, so it will be up to Furman to make this film work. It would be nice if this marked a turn toward Oscar caliber work again for Stallone.