Friday, April 12, 2024

Scooped Here July 21: DeNiro, Levinson Will Make “Goodfellas” Companion Movie, “Wise Guys”


I told you on July 21st.

Barry Levinson will direct “Wise Guys” written by Nick Pileggi based on his famous book. That book was also the basis of Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic, “Goodfellas.”

Robert De Niro will produce and star in the movie playing two characters: Italian American crime bosses Vito Genovese and Frank Costello, who ran their respective families during the 20th century. In 1957, Genovese tried (and failed) to assassinate Costello, who was ultimately injured and attempted to retire from the mafia.

So all the trade papers reporting “exclusives” today can just forget it.

“Goodfellas” covered just a part of Pileggi’s story. “Wise Guys” is set against a broader picture.

Warner Bros, as I reported on July 21st, will be the studio for this film.

This will be a hot ticket once it’s all cast. See you in 2024.

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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