In a pre-American Film Market deal, Tom Hardy will star as gangster Al Capone in “Fonzo” with “Chronicle” director Josh Trank helming from his own script.
The film will be produced by Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder for Addictive Pictures alongside “Pulp Fiction” producer Lawrence Bender.
“Fonzo” is currently in pre-production and Bloom will commence international sales at AFM, which starts Nov. 2. CAA and WME are handling U.S. rights.
Capone was a bootlegger and brutal gangster who ruled Chicago during Prohibition. The federal government successfully prosecuted him for tax evasion in 1931 and he was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released after eight years and died at the age of 48 in 1947 as dementia rotted his brain and harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.
“‘Fonzo’ brings together the myth and lore of notorious American Gangster Al Capone, with the undeniable talent of Tom Hardy and Josh Trank,” said Bloom’s Alex Walton. “We are thrilled to bring this film to buyers at the AFM. ”
The project is the first for Trank following “Chronicle.” Hardy will next star in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” and “Taboo,” an eight-part TV series produced by Ridley Scott.
Trank is represented by WME, Management 360 and attorney Mitch Smelkinson. Hardy is repped by CAA and Lindy King at United Agents. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.