'Zombieland' helmer eyed for WB's L.A.-set crime drama

Warner Bros. is in talks with “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer to helm “Gangster Squad,” a police actioner set in post-WWII Los Angeles.

Studio acquired the rights two years ago to the L.A. Times’ seven-part series “Tales From the Gangster Squad.” Dan Lin and Kevin McCormick — both former studio execs with Warner term deals — are producing the feature adaptation through their Lin Pictures and Langley Park banners. Jon Silk, of Lin Pictures, will co-produce.

The newspaper series, penned by Paul Lieberman, chronicled efforts by the LAPD to deal with a chaotic and corrupt Los Angeles by forming what was dubbed the Gangster Squad to keep the East Coast Mafia out of the city. More than 100 people involved with the squad were interviewed for the series, including attorneys for L.A. mobsters Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen and two former members of Cohen’s entourage.

Feature script was penned by former LAPD officer Will Beall.

Fleischer is directing MRC’s comedy “30 Minutes or Less.”

He’s repped by UTA.

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