By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
I’m gonna break all the rules of journalism here and just be honest for a moment: I love gangster films. I can practically recite “The Godfather,” my idea of a Christmas tradition is watching “Goodfellas,” and I saw “The Departed” in the theater four times. When I take a break from movie-watching to play some video games, I inevitably return to the “Grand Theft Auto” franchise.
So, when Total Film reports that Warner Bros., the studio that has brought us some of the best crime pictures in history, is developing a movie about notorious mobster Mickey Cohen, one of Al Capone’s closest associates, I get more excited than a hormonal preteen girl in the presence of Robert Pattinson while listening to Justin Bieber.
Additionally, it’s nice to know that the studio is eyeing a couple of skilled actors for key roles in the film. Sean Penn, one of the most intense performers of his generation, is being looked at to take on the part of Mickey Cohen. Ryan Gosling, one of the prettiest performers of his generation (ok, he’s reasonably talented, too) may play an LAPD cop.
Set to direct the film is Ruben Fleischer, who previously helmed “Zombieland.” He won’t be working in quite the same genre this time around, but he did show some promise with that movie, and we’d love to see what he can do with this type of material.
As of now, nothing is confirmed, so it’s entirely possible that all this could change within the next few months, but we’re hoping that it doesn’t. Sean Penn as a mobster is sublime casting, Gosling has the proper all-American qualities to convincingly portray an old-school cop, and Fleischer deserves the opportunity to tackle a serious drama.