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.