Lion, Dillon gang up on ‘Tough Guy’

'Ghosts' star will produce, perform in mobster pic

MGM has acquired rights to a biopic of New York mobster Eddie Maloney. Matt Dillon will produce and star in the pic.

Dillon is developing the script with screenwriter Mike Jones. It’s based, in part, on Maloney’s autobiography “Tough Guy: The True Story of ‘Crazy’ Eddie Maloney.”

Jones previously wrote a draft of Dillon’s directorial debut, “City of Ghosts,” set for release later this month from MGM/UA.

Maloney was a flinty career criminal who survived multiple assassination attempts. Orphaned as a child, he did stretches in prison for jewelry heists and specialized in kidnapping mob bosses before becoming an informant for the FBI and a witness at the trial of John Gotti.

“The thing that appealed to me is that he never had a choice,” Dillon told Daily Variety. “He was thrown away at a very early age.” The film, he said, “is a story about betrayal.”

Maloney “still holds to this criminal code — a code among criminals,” Jones added, “which in my research is really rare.”

Pic was originally set up at GreeneStreet, where a draft was written by Kevin Kennedy.

MGM VP of production Eric Paquette is overseeing the project, which remains untitled. Dillon said production logistics, including a budget and start date, won’t be clear until he and Jones complete the script.

Jones, repped by Gersh and the Gotham Group, also wrote “Automata” for Stan Winston Prods. and Columbia.

Dillon is repped by Endeavor, the Firm and Vic Ramos.

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  1. Chris says:

    RIP Eddie Maloney Diamond you were a living legend and i beleived everything you told me, even me being 21 at the time…cant wait to see the movie Matt Dillion plays you in and also you told me about your book, i wish id have got it then so you could have signed it…but i do look forward my purchase and reading it getting goosebumps from our memories…til then my freind

  2. Chris says:

    Its crazy lookin back on this…i met him in Northern Ky back 2005 thru a girl i was dating who worked at a attorneys office he was getting council he was dating one of her freinds which what ever it was yes odd bc she was least 20 years younger but drugs, painpills played a big part…i spent many days with him hangin out takin him to docs for what i believed was throat cancer in such…it was good times listening to his stories an actually met matt dillion n ky in his honor BC dillion was to play him in a movie. ..its been 10 yrs but was recently thinking about past and him so i googled him and got flooded with fawn memories…again spent most of a summer with him yes i sat on that couch with his huge big screen tv…yes coffee table full of narcotics n such i remember sitting there an the phone rang an it popped on on his television like caller id that was very cool at the time. ..suks he was found in his bathtub deceased later that year ….i have many more stories too share but not 2day…much love Eddie (aka) diamond

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