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WB looks to Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling for GANGSTER SQUAD; David Yates for CICERO

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 30th, 2011

While crime features aren’t the rarest of theatrical occurrences, Warner Bros. appears to be hellbent on making it a priority of theirs.

First off, Deadline is reporting that things are slowly shaping up for their much-hyped project, TALES FROM THE GANGSTER SQUAD, slated to be helmed by director Ruben Fleischer. The studio has sent out offers to both Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling to star in the film, which will follow the story of a special LAPD group that tried to fight the growing East Coast crime influence in the 1940s.

The film will be based on a series of articles from LA Times writer Paul Lieberman, and has been on the studio’s slate for a while, gaining buzz, particularly after hitting the 2010 Black List. These are about as big a names as one could add to a film, so this appears to be arguably one of the biggest projects at the studio.

In other WB/crime news, Deadline also reports that the studio is set to tap David Yates for their long-talked about film, CICERO. The film will look at the story of Al Capone and his rise to the iconic status that is now infamous for having.

Personally, both films sound absolutely amazing, and the one thing we could always use more of is solid crime features. Capone is a person who has always really need his own worthwhile biopic, and hey, who better to have do it than David Yates? Toss in two fantastic actors into the mix for GANGSTER SQUAD, and WB is looking to give us something quite special.

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