WB tries to ‘Steal’ rights

Pic to follow journo's account of Wall Street mob infiltration

Warner Bros. Pictures is in negotiations to acquire “Born to Steal,” a nonfiction manuscript by Business Week senior writer Gary Weiss that the studio will develop as a vehicle for Mark Wahlberg to star in and possibly produce.

Pic will be based on the true story of mob infiltration on Wall Street, which resulted in the 1997 indictment of 19 people on charges of securities fraud. Manuscript stemmed from a series of investigative pieces that Weiss wrote for Business Week.

Neither the deals for the manuscript nor Wahlberg have been closed.

Wahlberg’s most recent pic, Warners’ “The Perfect Storm,” has been a major warm-weather hit for the studio. Warners will release the Wahlberg-starrer “Metal God” in 2001.

Wahlberg is currently preparing to shoot “Planet of the Apes” for 20th Century Fox.

Weiss is repped by Mort Janklow at Gotham literary agency Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Wahlberg is repped by Endeavor, Leverage Management and attorney Jason Sloane.

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