Famed Mafia chronicler and true crime writer Phil Carlo wants Josh Hartnett to play the Night Stalker of Los Angeles, Richard Ramirez. Carlo’s famous book on the subject has already gone through 22 printings.

Carlo has other Hollywood news. Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, and his producing partner (and bnrother in law) Nick Karaylannis have just optioned “The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez,” ‘from Carlo to turn it into a movie. Cornell is quite the Renaissance man: he and his wife Vicky, and Nick, own a Paris nightclub called “Black Calvados.”

Anyway, the real hero of this item is Phil Carlo. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2004, but that didn’t stop him from writing two more books. His new one, “The Butcher: Anatomy of’ a Mafia Psychopath,” is released today by Harper Collins. Mickey Rourke, who attended Carlo’s book party last week at the Greenwich Hotel, will play the main character on screen.

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