William Friedkin (“The Exorcist,” “The French Connection”) will develop to direct the long-gestating film adaptation of Don Winslow’s 2007 novel “The Winter Of Frankie Machine”.
Both Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann have previously been attached to direct the film at one point which was setup at Paramount Pictures but currently isn’t attached to a studio.
The story follows Frank Machianno, a mob hitman who has retired to run a bait shop. He agrees to help the son of a mob boss resolve a dispute with another Mafioso but is forced to turn into Frankie Machine again when he realizes he’s been set up to be killed.
Friedkin will reportedly start fresh with a script that Winslow will either write or co-write and hopes to make the project on a sub-$15 million budget and in the same way he did “Killer Joe,” the gritty indie thriller adaptation of the Tracy Letts play starring Matthew McConaughey.
This comes on top of a recent deal that “Savages” author Winslow made with Fox and Ridley Scott for “The Cartel” & “The Power of the Dog” with a script co-written by Shane Salerno. Leonardo DiCaprio is being courted to star in that project.
Friedkin is currently also slated to direct the small screen adaptation his film “To Live and Die In L.A.” along with an HBO Mae West biopic.