Robert DeNiro is set to star opposite him in new mob drama WISE GUYS – GeekTyrant

robert deniro is set to star in a new mafia drama for Warner Bros. entitled wise guyswith Barry Levinson (Rain man, sleepers, wag the dog) to manage.

wise guys is a period piece that tells the story of “Vito Genovese and Frank Costello, a pair of Italian-Americans running two separate crime families in the mid-20th century. Genovese attempted and failed to assassinate Costello in 1957 , although the latter ended up taking his leave of the crowd after being injured in the attempt on his life.

De Niro is said to be taking on both key roles in the film. It sounds like an interesting project for the actor, and I’m curious to see how he goes about bringing these gangsters to life.

The script for the film comes from Freedmen scribe Nicolas Pileggiwho also wrote the 1985 book Wiseguy: life in a mafia familywhich is the book that Martin Scorsese Freedmen is based on.

wise guys seems like an interesting and unexpected project for WB, under new president and CEO David Zaslav, who has been cutting and dropping projects. He said he was looking to promote movies that would make money, but wise guys doesn’t seem to have the makings of a big tentpole movie that will make a ton of money.

Don’t get me wrong, I love mob movies, and this one looks awesome! But it’s not the kind of film that would appeal to a large audience. Either way, I can’t wait to watch it!

Source: Deadline