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Director Michael Mann and The Cartel author Don Winslow are teaming up to create a novel about organized crime bosses Tony Accardo and Sam Giancana.
Winslow will start work in the spring, following delivery of his next book. Publication is aimed for 2017 and the novel is slated to be the first book in the recently announced Michael Mann Book imprint. Mann and Winslow intend to shop the project to publishers very soon. Mann’s book imprint is, as of yet, not affiliated with a publisher.
The potential movie will be based on the novel and a pre-existing screenplay on the subject written by Mann and Shane Salerno.
Giancana ran the Chicago mob in the late 1950s and 1960s. Many have speculated that he played a part in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Giancana was murdered in 1975.
Less well known to the public, Accordo’s mob career spanned from the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre through the Reagan era. From the end of World War II, he was the most powerful figure in Chicago organized crime and one of the most powerful in the country.
Mann has directed, produced and written or co-written Heat, Public Enemies, Thief and Manhunter as well as the Oscar-nominated dramas Ali and The Insider. Winslow’s The Cartel was a 2015 best-seller. Ridley Scott is attached to direct a movie adaptation for 20th Century Fox.
The Michael Mann Books publishing venture is represented by Shane Salerno at The Story Factory. Mann is represented by CAA, LBI and attorney Harold Brown.
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