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Louis Mellis to write 'Princess' Gangster'

Film centers on Princess Margaret's affair with John Bindon

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.