Ruben Fleischer Negotiating for 'Tales from the Gangster Squad'

December 1, 2010
Source: Deadline

Ruben Fleischer

After going through numerous filmmakers like Ben Affleck, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Greengrass and many more, it looks like the gestating period crime thriller at Warner Bros, Tales from the Gangster Squad, has finally landed a director. Deadline reports Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is in talks to helm the story of an off-the-books LAPD squad of mercenary cops who tried to chase infamous gangster Micky Cohen out of town back in the 40s. Its been compared to films like The Untouchables and L.A. Confidential, very different material for a director who launched his career with the bloody, yet hilarious, Zombieland.

With his forthcoming film 30 Minutes or Less amping up the action along with the comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari, it looks like Fleischer has been building up to a film like Gangster Squad (which may be the new, shorter title) slowly but surely. It's unclear if this will be his next project since there's been rumblings of Zombieland 2 and his attachment to Babe in the Woods, but since the script is so hot in the industry right now, I'm betting Warner Bros. wants this off the ground soon. I'm certainly interested to see what Fleischer can do with darker, more serious material, so count me in. How about you?

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