Mann & DeNiro Are A Machine

Director Michael Mann (“Heat”) is developing “Frankie Machine” as a star vehicle for Robert De Niro at Paramount Pictures reports Variety.

An adaptation of Don Winslow novel “The Winter of Frankie Machine,” De Niro will play 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.

Alex Tse has just been set to do a major overhaul of the concept and Brian Koppelman and David Levien’s original draft.