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Scott Cooper still up for WB’s GANGSTER SQUAD; now joined by Ruben Fleischer and Jose Padilha

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
November 10th, 2010

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After getting looked over and passed on by both Ben Affleck and Darren Aronofsky, WB is still on the hunt for a director to helm their upcoming crime drama, TALES FROM THE GANGSTER SQUAD.

Previously, we learned that the studio was looking a rather long list of possible candidates to helm the picture, including directors like Greg Berlanti, Martin Campbell, Francis Lawrence and even Paul Greengrass.  However, the final member of that original list appears to be still in the running, along with two brand new names.

According to the LA Times, CRAZY HEART director Scott Cooper is still being mentioned with regards to the film, and is joined by ZOMBIELAND helmer Ruben Fleischer, as well as ELITE SQUAD director Jose Padilha.

The film will follow “the story of the Los Angeles Police Department fighting gangland wars and trying to stem the invasion of East Coast Mafia in the 1940s and ‘50s.” Personally, given the fact that Cooper’s name has been talked about with regards to the film previously, I would have to imagine that he’s somewhere near the top of the studio’s list.  And honestly, I love the idea.  His style would fit the film in my eyes, better than either of these directors, particularly Fleischer who while being a fine filmmaker, is a name that I wouldn’t connect to a crime drama.

At this point, it seems like it may be Cooper’s project, and with WB wanting this film to get going soon, expect a lot on this project soon.

Who do you think would fit this film?

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