The pic will adapt the upcoming book by Stephan Talty that follows a detective chasing down a criminal organization that leaves a symbol of a black hand at its crime scenes. Leonardo DiCaprio will star in and produce an adaptation of The Black Hand, a book by Stephan Talty.
Paramount has acquired the rights to the book, and DiCaprio will produce through his Appian Way banner along with The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jeremy Bell. Jennifer Davisson also is producing with Nathaniel Posey.
The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History, which will hit shelves in April, is set in New York City in the summer of 1903 when a crime wave hit the city. The perpetrators left a calling card of the symbol of a black hand. Detective Joseph Petrosino, dubbed the “Italian Sherlock Holmes,” is determined to capture the members of the criminal organization, and his task takes him all the way to Sicily.
DiCaprio most recently starred in The Revenant. He is repped by LBI Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.
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