Koppelman, Levien to pen De Niro starrer
“Ocean’s Thirteen” scribes Brian Koppelman and David Levien have been hired to adapt Don Winslow novel “The Winter of Frankie Machine” for Paramount Pictures.Robert De Niro is attached to star in the pic and is producing with partner Jane Rosenthal through their Tribeca Films shingle. Deal is said to be a rich one for the writing team, with a payday in the low seven figures. They will segue to the adaptation following work on Warner Bros.’ “Thirteen,” which is currently lensing. “Frankie Machine” is about a mob hitman who gave up the game for a quiet life as the proprietor of a bait shop. When the son of a mob boss asks for his backup to help resolve a dispute with another Mafioso, he agrees, only to find he’s been set up for a hit. Par picked up the rights to Winslow’s then-unpublished novel in November, when De Niro and Rosenthal were shopping to studios. Tome hits shelves Sept. 26. Koppelman and Levien are producers on current release “The Illusionist” from the Yari Film Group.