Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Paging Joaquin Phoenix for Mafia Murders Movie

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Joaquin Phoenix, semi-retired but on the way back, is being sought for a new movie about Mafia murders.

Phil Carlo, the legendary crime writer, has optioned his book, “The Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath,” to New York based Jailbird Productions. Famed “GoodFellas” writer Nicholas Pileggi is penning the screenplay.

Everyone involved wants Phoenix to play Tommy Pitera, now serving multiple life sentences for being the mob’s most vicious hit man from the Bonnano crime family.

Carlo is hot right now. Mickey Rourke is said to be starring in an adaptation of his book, “The Ice Man,” which is not about R&B singer Jerry Butler but about another crazy hit man. And former Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell and his brother in law Nick Karayiannis are co-producing “The Night Stalker,” based another of Carlo’s books.

A new Phil Carlo mob true crime story, “The Killer Within,” hits stores in September from Overlook Press.

It’s maybe instructive to take a look at Phil Carlo’s website. It will scare you straight about hit men. The real guys must look at movies like “Killers” with Ashton Kutcher and laugh til their sides hurt.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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