James McTeigue to Direct ‘Ness/Capone’ For Relativity

The latest in competing movie news is that Warner Bros. isn’t the only studio with an Al Capone movie brewing. Relativity Media has Ness/Capone, based on the 2010 Black List script written by Grant Pierce Myers. The studio has just hired James McTeigue to direct it, as the filmmaker recently completed work on Relativity’s film The Raven.

As implied by the title, the script covers some of the same ground as The Untouchables, with Eliot Ness chasing Capone but also chasing his own interests and a certain flashy sort of power that came from having a mandate to combat one of the country’s biggest crime figures.

This won’t be McTeigue’s next movie, as he’s putting together Message From the King right now. There is no cast attached to Ness/Capone at this point.

So Warner Bros. still has time to really movie forward on Cicero, its Capone movie, and turn this into a serious Snow White-style race. Tom Hardy has been said to be attached to the WB film, which was a project Harry Potter director David Yates was looking at before he and WB decided to move forward with an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. [Deadline]

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