Warner Bros. Setting Up An Al Capone Biopic

Apparently this is Gangster Week here on Cinema Blend. On Monday, it was announced that Mickey Rourke would be playing known mob hitman Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski and that Al Pacino and Joe Pesci were close to returning to the genre in the Martin Scorsese/Robert DeNiro film The Irishman. But now the king of the gangsters has entered the room.

Variety reports that Warner Bros. is now planning a biopic about famed crime lord Al Capone. Titled Cicero, after the city where Capone moved to avoid the Chicago police and subsequently took over, the film will trace Capone's start in Brooklyn to his infamous rise in Illinois during the 1920s. The script was written by Walon Green, best known for co-writing Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch.

This would hardly be the first time that Capone has seen time on the silver screen, portrayed by great actors like Robert DeNiro, Rod Steiger, F. Murray Abraham and Ben Gazzara. Even the new HBO series Boardwalk Empire has Capone playing a role. The article states the the project is a throwback to the Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney movies of the 1930s. Let's hope so, only because it will have to be something special in order to stick out of the crowd.

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