Based on the non-fiction book Scarred face and the untouchable A series adaptation of Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout (Emmy nominee) is being developed by Max Allen Collins and A. Brad Schwartz at Showtime.The Mummy, Star Trek: Discovery) and writer Ben Jacoby (Short message, Flash Boys), according to the deadline. The series focuses on the “epic year-long battle between Al Capone and Eliot Ness, who clashed on the world’s greatest stage on their way to become ultimate American enemies.”
The story of Al Capone and Eliot Ness has been told many times on screen, but arguably most memorable in Brian De Palma’s 1987 crime drama The untouchableswith Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness and Robert De Niro as Al Capone. The film earned Sean Connery an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1988.
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The project will address politics from the era of prohibition, industrialization, mass media, the immigrant experience, law enforcement and the birth of organized crime. Stretching from the 1920s to the Great Depression, from the slums on the South Side to the White House, the project shows how Al Capone corporatized crime on a level that Eliot Ness, one of the most revolutionary police officers in American history, still does Never imagined, fought an uphill battle over law enforcement reform, a battle that continues to this day.
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The non-fiction book with the full title Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness and the Battle of Chicago, was chosen as an option by Secret Hideout after being released by HarperCollins in 2018. The book traces the lives of gangster Al Capone and his lawyer enemy Eliot Ness in Prohibition Era-Chicago, drawing on “decades of primary source research – including Ness and his collaborators’ personal documents, newly published federal records, and long-forgotten crime magazines Interviews with the gangsters and G-Men themselves. “
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Executive producers are Jacobz and Kurtzmann, Kadin and Aaron Baiers from Secret Hideout. Alan Gasmer, Bob Bookman, Peter Jaysen and Bill Nuss will produce.