Paramount plans a hit on 'Falcone'


"Che" collaborators Peter Buchman and Steven Soderbergh are reteaming for "Making Jack Falcone," an undercover mob story that has been set up at Paramount.

Buchman is writing the script, and Soderbergh will executive produce the project, which tells the story of Joaquin "Jack" Garcia, also known as Jack Falcone, a Cuban-American FBI agent who successfully went undercover in the Gambino crime family.

Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher will produce via their Double Feature Films banner. Soderbergh is said to be on board to read drafts of the script and offer other guidance on the project.

"Falcone" is based on the eponymous Simon & Schuster/ Touchstone tome published last month that, after a barrage of publicity that included a "60 Minutes" segment, has landed on the New York Times extended best-seller list.

Garcia, now retired, is one of the few FBI agents to nearly become a made man in the mob. He assumed a host of aliases from New York to Miami, and his ability to shape-shift between Sicilian, Cuban and other ethnicities is expected to provide red meat to an actor adept at assuming different identities.

The UTA-repped Buchman is an in-demand scribe who in addition to Soderbergh's Benicio Del Toro starrer "Che" — the ambitious revolutionary tale IFC will soon release — penned the script for "Eragon" as well as Miramax's upcoming "The Wonga Coup" and Werner Herzog's period drama "The Piano Tuner."

Paramount has several mob and undercover projects in development, including an undercover prison tale to be penned by William Monahan. (partialdiff)
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