Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
New Trailer for Seventh Son
Jeff Bridges gets his Gandalf on
Second Shaun The Sheep Teaser Is Here
He's off to pastures new...
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
22 August 2014
David Yates Up For Fantastic Beasts
Harry Potter veteran director in talks for spin-off
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Tarzan
01 June 2016
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Seduced And Abandoned (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Only God Forgives (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Gangster Squad (2013)
Empire Star Rating
This Must Be The Place (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Sean Penn Wanted For Gangster Squad
Ryan Gosling also being targeted

31 March 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

It’s clearly Gangster Day at Warner Bros. And by that we don’t mean the staff are running around waving imaginary Tommy Guns or that the marketing team is sending members of the cafeteria staff to the morgue (that’s the Chicago way, after all). No, the studio is flashing the green light for LA-set thriller Gangster Squad and looking to make a film about the early years of crime legend Al Capone.

After a long search for the right director, Warners set Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer to make the movie about LA mobster Mickey Cohen and the crack team of cops that was formed to take him down.

According to Deadline, the studio is now after Sean Penn to play Cohen, an ex-boxer who palled around in the 1940s with the likes of Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel and who liked to be seen as a man about town with a girl on his arm. But he was also a capricious sort with a violent temper.

No wonder the LAPD wanted to take him down – and if the company has its way, Ryan Gosling will be playing one of the law enforcement types looking to stop his reign of pleasure/terror. Ex-cop Will Beall adapted the script from a series of LA Times articles by Paul Lieberman.

And Cohen is not the only mobster who may get the movie treatment, though Al Capone has been in the spotlight before. Warners is now looking at Walon Green’s Cicero, which chronicles his formative years, which Harry Potter veteran David Yates may direct once he’s finished work on the final Hogwarts adventure. No firm offers are out to either actor on Gangster Squad or Yates for Cicero, so these are lingering strictly under the flashing neon rumour sign for now…


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

From Wolf Creek To Miranda Drive
New chiller from Greg McLean
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Many Deaths Of Sean Bean
The actor talks us through his on-screen offings

Rogues Gallery: Powers Boothe
Sin City's Roark talks us through his most memorable baddies

Richard Attenborough: In Celebration
Saluting a man who made a lasting impact on cinema and beyond…

Exclusive: Luc Besson Talks Lucy
'There is no bullshit with Scarlett Johansson'

Video: Daniel Radcliffe Talks What If...
On Gordon Ramsay, swearing and date movies

The 24 Best Film-Related Ice Bucket Challenges
The viral craze that won’t quit takes in some of Hollywood’s finest

Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes
An exhaustive chronology of George Lucas' post-release tinkering

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)