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WB plans a new Al Capone biopic

09.14.2010

There have been no shortage of films about or featuring Al Capone but that's not stopping Warner Bros. from taking another crack at the famous gangster. The studio has set up CICERO, a project that would follow Capone's rise from a Brooklyn kid to the head of organized crime in Prohibition-era Chicago. The film takes its name from the small town in suburban Illinois where Capone set up shop.

While PUBLIC ENEMIES took a more modern look at famous criminals, CICERO is expected to be more of a throwback to classic gangster films like ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES and Edward G. Robinson's "yeahhhh see!" classic LITTLE CAESAR.

While Capone has been a feature in many films (most memorable in recent times for De Niro's baseball bat wielding version in THE UNTOUCHABLES), he hasn't been the subject of a biopic since 1975's CAPONE, which starred Ben Gazzara and Sylvester Stallone (yeah, seriously).

CICERO was written by Walon Green, a veteran writer/producer on TV series like "Law and Order," "ER" and "NYPD Blue." So far no director is attached.

Extra Tidbit: I tried to find that clip of Mr. Burns trying to do the Al Capone baseball bat beating but couldn't find it. :(
Source: Variety

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5:07PM on 09/17/2010
Hadn't considered the weight Warner Bros. would carry for a project like this. Definitely throwback, though they never really strayed from that genre too much.

Walon Green, in addition to numerous writing gigs for TV dealing with urban crime, also authored my favorite movie "The Wild Bunch," which automatically wins him points (though the lack of Sam Peckinpah will definitely be felt). Honestly, what I have often felt is the make-or-break part of a movie like this, is the actor chosen to
Hadn't considered the weight Warner Bros. would carry for a project like this. Definitely throwback, though they never really strayed from that genre too much.

Walon Green, in addition to numerous writing gigs for TV dealing with urban crime, also authored my favorite movie "The Wild Bunch," which automatically wins him points (though the lack of Sam Peckinpah will definitely be felt). Honestly, what I have often felt is the make-or-break part of a movie like this, is the actor chosen to play Capone.

De Niro did great for what that movie was, despite being a good deal older than the man. After seeing "Public Enemies" I have faith HBO did right in choosing Stephen Graham. Al Capone was essentially a kid when he rose to power.

As for parallels with HBO, there's a reason they call it the "Boardwalk Empire," and that's because the Boardwalk is Atlantic City, not Chicago. But if Green wanted to write a passage where the young Alfonse took a detour to New Jersey, why not?
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7:24PM on 09/15/2010

Hope it's done right this time!!!

Warner Bros. and the screenplay writer are welcomed to peruse my site if they want an indepth view of Capone and Cicero.
They will quickly see that the truth was just as exciting as any Hollywood
fiction. Hopefully they will make a movie that is true to form vis a vis Al Capone. I would gladly help out.

Mario Gomes
Founder of myalcaponemuseum
Warner Bros. and the screenplay writer are welcomed to peruse my site if they want an indepth view of Capone and Cicero.
They will quickly see that the truth was just as exciting as any Hollywood
fiction. Hopefully they will make a movie that is true to form vis a vis Al Capone. I would gladly help out.

Mario Gomes
Founder of myalcaponemuseum
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4:26PM on 09/14/2010
Just wanting to cash in on the new HBO series that is destined to sweep the Emmy's.
Just wanting to cash in on the new HBO series that is destined to sweep the Emmy's.
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2:45PM on 09/14/2010
I actually think this could be pretty cool. I mean, I love Al Capone, and classic mob movies. I'll be keeping an eye on this.
I actually think this could be pretty cool. I mean, I love Al Capone, and classic mob movies. I'll be keeping an eye on this.
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10:06AM on 09/14/2010

Ummm.....

...won't HBO's Boardwalk Empire already be kindof doing this with Stephen Grahm playing a young Capone?
...won't HBO's Boardwalk Empire already be kindof doing this with Stephen Grahm playing a young Capone?
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9:49AM on 09/14/2010
meh.
meh.
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