Broderick, Disney rely on ‘Providence’

Story based on Gotti sting operation

HOLLYWOOD — Matthew Broderick is in negotiations to star in “Providence” for Disney and scribe Jeff Nathanson, who will make his directorial debut with the pic.

Broderick, who most recently wrapped production on “The Music Man,” which airs on ABC in February, will play a movie director and writer who find a financier for his project, only to discover the producer is an undercover FBI agent working on a sting operation involving the mob.

Pic was originally inspired by the true story of a sting operation in Providence, R.I., focusing on two mobsters working for the late Mafioso John Gotti.

Via their respective production shingles, Permut Pictures and MBST Entertainment, David Permut and Larry Brezner are producing pic with David Hoberman and his Mandeville Films in a co-production with Touchstone Pictures. Producers optioned the life rights to the principals’ stories about the sting operation that brought down the mob kingpin.

Pic, which now has a greenlight and is expected to begin production early next year, is being overseen at the Mouse House by VP of production Jeff Clifford.

Nathanson most recently penned DreamWorks’ Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks vehicle “Catch Me if You Can,” which bows Dec. 25.

Broderick, repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment, recently won a Tony for his starring role in the Broadway smash “The Producers,” opposite Nathan Lane. He previously teamed with Disney on “Inspector Gadget” in 1999. Other recent feature credits include “Election,” “You Can Count on Me” and “Godzilla.” Actor is also attached to star in the feature adaptation of David Sedaris’ satirical novel “Me Talk Pretty Sometime.”

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