After last year’s universally panned Fantastic Four film and the controversy stirred up by its director, Josh Trank, the filmmaker has spent some time laying low. The whole ordeal was enough to cause him to step away from the second Star Wars spin-off movie, deciding that it wasn’t the right time for him to take on another big budget film for a well-known property. That said, Trank’s a talented filmmaker as illustrated by 2012’s Chronicle and he has finally announced his next project, an Al Capone biopic.
The film is titled Fonzo and will apparently focus on the last few years of the gangster’s life. For those of you that don’t know, the infamous bootlegger, businessmen and mobster spent those last few years behind bars after being convicted of tax evasion. Capone died when he was just 48 years old and suffered from dementia. As Deadline reports, the film will explore this time period as the disease causes the lines between his past and present to become blurred, causing him to relive some violent memories from the past. Trank is both writing and directing the film.
Tom Hardy has signed on to play Capone in the picture which is frankly a perfect fit for him. Though Hardy is certainly one of those actors that can kind of do it all, he thrives in some of the small indies he’s done over the years, and he has a knack for really embodying the roles he takes on. Not to mention the fact that he’s got plenty experience playing a gangster, just last year he played the British gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray. Though the movie was only okay, Hardy did a great job turning in two separate performances as each of the Kray brothers.
It’s undeniable that Fantastic Four ended up costing Fox a lot of money, and Trank tweeting about his original cut being better didn’t do him any favors with studio execs. That said, the outcry and coverage that followed all of that was blown out of proportion. There was some promise to that film and Trank is, as previously mentioned, a talented filmmaker. Hopefully this project will get him out of directors jail and with Hardy signed on, there’s a good chance that will happen.
Alright fellow geeks, what do you think about Trank helming an Al Capone biopic? Do you like Hardy in the role? Do you think this will help breathe new life into Trank’s career? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
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