DiCaprio, Caruso To “Beat the Reaper”

Out doing press for “I Am Number Four”, filmmaker D.J. Caruso (“Disturbia,” “Eagle Eye”) tells The Playlist that his next project is an adaptation of Josh Bazell’s debut novel “Beat the Reaper” for 20th Century Fox.

Leonardo DiCaprio is producing the film and they hope to get him to star in the story of a former mobster who was put under witness protection and has now become a doctor. Soon, his old life catches up with him and it’s a race against the clock from the mob that previously thought him dead.

Brian Koppelman and David Levien (“Solitary Man,” “Ocean’s 13”) adapted the script. Caruso says the property was originally optioned as a television series, but works better as a film.