The Weinstein Co. has acquired book rights and optioned film rights to develop and produce Tom Folsom’s nonfiction Mafia tome “The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe and the Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld” reports the trades.
“Mad Ones” chronicles the lives of the Gallo brothers, three infamous 1960s-era Brooklyn gangsters: Joey “Crazy Joe” Gallo, Albert “Kid Blast” Gallo and Larry Gallo.
The trio attempted to overthrow the Profaci crime family of which they’re a part of, and Crazy Joe’s travels in the Greenwich Village counterculture scene.
The Weinstein Co. also acquired TV and home video rights to the project in the pre-emptive deal. The book will be released in 2009.