Winter of Frankie Machine

It’s a thrill to see William Friedkin developing new projects. He’s got his hands in a TV show based on his own film To Live and Die in L.A., and now he’s moving forward with a film based on Don Winslow‘s novel The Winter of Frankie Machine, about a retired mob killer with a new life as a low-key seaside entrepreneur who is drawn back into mob violence.

This one has been percolating for a few years, with a number of different directors attached. With new heat on Winslow thanks to his recent novel The Cartel, it’s no wonder this one is moving forward again.  Read More »

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese will re-team for feature film adaptation of Don Winslow’s The Winter of Frankie Machine. De Niro will play a Mafia hit man who has given up the game to become the proprietor of a bait shop. But he discovers that he’s been targeted for a hit, and is forced to return to the business. According to Nikki Finke, Scorsese will direct the film under his deal with Paramount.  This will be the pair’s ninth film together, following Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New York New York, Raging Bull, The King Of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, and Casino. Ocean’s Thirteen screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien wrote the screenplay, which LatinoReview called “a masterpiece.” This is great. Not only do we get another Scorsese-DeNiro team-up, but we also get another Scorsese mob film!