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Exclusive: “Goodfellas” Could Be Getting a Companion Movie with Robert DeNiro in the Mix


Yes, it’s been 30 years since Martin Scorsese’s beloved “Goodfellas” became an instant classic. And now it’s been a few weeks since the death of Ray Liotta, who played Henry Hill so memorably in the film.

Now I’m hearing the exciting news that “Wiseguy,” the original book that formed the basis of the “Goodfellas” story is getting its own film. Sources say director Barry Levinson would reunite with his oft-collaborator Robert DeNiro possibly reprising his role as Jimmy Conway (or who knows? maybe someone else). The screenplay is from Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote the book.

“Wiseguy” was an even fuller account of the life of Henry Hill than just the Lufthansa robbery covered in “Goodfellas.” A young actor would have to be cast as Hill, with other roles to be cast including Tommy DeSimone aka “Two Gun Tommy,” described as “a young aspiring gangster with psychopathic tendencies” who was Hill’s partner in crime in his early days.

The prospective studio for all this would be Warner Bros. where it could be among the first projects from Mike DeLuca and Pam Abdy. Producer would be Winkler Films, which made “Raging Bull.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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