Louis Mellis to write 'Princess' Gangster'


Smuggler Films has tapped screenwriter Louis Mellis to write "The Princess' Gangster."

"Gangster" concerns the true story of Princess Margaret's affair with the gangster-turned-movie-tough-guy John Bindon in the late '60s.

Patrick Milling Smith, one of Smuggler's three principals, said that Mellis' dossier -- which includes such tough-talking crime tales as "Sexy Beast" and the current "44 Inch Chest" -- made him the perfect match for the material.

"We needed someone who could give us an authentic voice, because Bindon, who could break your legs but who was also a mini-celebrity, was a force of nature. He was a real raconteur and full-on entertainer. There aren't many people who can inhabit characters like that and make then amusing, but Louis definitely can."

Smuggler -- which was formed last year by producer John Hart, formerly of Hart-Sharp, and Milling Smith and Brian Carmody, video and commercial producers under their Smuggler Partners banner -- plans to finance "Gangster" through a new media fund it has assembled. Smuggler is also developing a screen adaptation of Aravind Adiga's novel "The White Tiger."

Mellis is repped by CAA and the U.K.'s Independent Talent Group.
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