Mandalay Pictures has turned last week’s national news headlines into a project titled “Mafia Cop.”
Pic will be based on the life of Louis Eppolito, a highly decorated NYPD detective who was found guilty Thursday, along with Steven Caracappa, of participating in eight murders, two attempted murders, one murder conspiracy, money laundering, obstruction of justice and drug distribution. According to reports, the case is called one of the worst police corruption scandals in Gotham history.
Dan Gordon will pen the screenplay. Scribe, who penned biopic “The Hurricane,” attended the three-week trial.
The imprisoned detective, who was the 11th most decorated cop in Gotham history, penned a book with Bob Drury about his life titled “Mafia Cop: The Story of an Honest Cop Whose Family Was the Mob.” Mandalay has Eppolito’s life rights as well as film rights to the book.
Mandalay’s David Zelon is producing. Eli Baron of High Society Pictures brought the rights to Mandalay and will executive produce.
Eppolito was arrested in Las Vegas last year along with Caracappa, his partner on the police force. The two were close friends and lived on the same Vegas street after retiring from their detective duties. Detailed accounts on the stand showed the men often used their power to commit crimes while feeding police intelligence to Mafia underboss Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso.
Eppolito is the son of a Gambino crime family member, making his career with the NYPD an unusual choice. After retiring and moving to the desert, he tried his hand at screenwriting and acting. He has more than a dozen acting credits on his resume, including a part as Fat Andy in “GoodFellas.”
Eppolito and Caracappa are due for sentencing May 20.