“V for Vendetta” and “Ninja Assassin” director James McTeigue is in negotiations to direct “Ness/Capone” for Relativity Media says Deadline.
Grant Pierce Myers penned the Black List script which puts a new spin on the epic battle between Eliot Ness and Al Capone during the Prohibition Era 1920s. Far less black-and-white than “The Untouchables”, this version has Ness as a young skirt-chasing publicity hound who gets off on the danger of the job.
He would parade confiscated bootleg trucks past Al Capone’s hotel, calling Capone in advance to suggest he look out the window. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, Gianni Nunnari, Jason Felts and Rene Rigal are producing.
McTeigue just completed the John Cusack-led “The Raven” for Relativity, while he’s currently casting his next feature “Message From the King” about an enigmatic outsider who comes to L.A. to investigate the sudden disappearance of his sister.