Whiting Goes Into Tokyo Underworld

Warner Bros. Pictures and Lin Pictures have picked up Robert Whiting’s true-life crime tome “Tokyo Underworld” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Frank Baldwin (“The Art of Making Money”) will adapt the story of Nick Zappetti, an Italian-American from East Harlem who was part of U.S. forces sent to Japan after World War II.

After a failed stint as a wrestler and a fumbled diamond heist, he opened a pizza joint in the mid-’60s which became the center of Tokyo’s nightlife and made him an integral part in the yakuza’s rise to power.