According to Deadline, Paramount has acquired the rights to the Stephan Talty’s book “The Black Hand”. The true story about the origins of the mafia in America follows Joe Petrosino-an NYPD cop who goes after the ruthless gang in the early 1900s. The perpetrators left a calling card of the symbol of a black hand. Detective Petrosino is determined to capture the members of the criminal organization, and his task takes him all the way to Sicily. So basically, DiCaprio’s going to play a guy dubbed “Italian Sherlock Holmes” and the battle mob.
It is reported that they are currently looking for a screenwriter to adapt Talty’s book. DiCaprio’s previous portrayals into true-life have been so successful. It is no surprise to hear that the actor is set to take that route again in his upcoming film. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jeremy Bell of The Gotham Group will produce for the Gotham Group and Appian Way.