WB greenlights ‘Gangster Squad’

Studio may offer leads to Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling

Warner Bros. has greenlit “Gangster Squad” with “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer helming.

Warner issued the official greenlight on Wednesday. Studio brass and producers are interested in offering the leading parts to Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling but has not confirmed whether offers have been made yet.

Warner 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.

Feature script was penned by former LAPD officer Will Beall.

More Film

  • James L Brooks

    James L. Brooks to Be Honored With Laurel Award by Writers Guild

    Warner Bros. has greenlit “Gangster Squad” with “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer helming. Warner issued the official greenlight on Wednesday. Studio brass and producers are interested in offering the leading parts to Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling but has not confirmed whether offers have been made yet. Warner acquired the rights two years ago to the […]

  • Fifty Shades Freed Trailer

    'Fifty Shades Freed,' Gabrielle Union's 'Breaking In' Build Social Media Buzz

    Warner Bros. has greenlit “Gangster Squad” with “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer helming. Warner issued the official greenlight on Wednesday. Studio brass and producers are interested in offering the leading parts to Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling but has not confirmed whether offers have been made yet. Warner acquired the rights two years ago to the […]

  • Swedish Comedy 'Solsidan' Smashes Scandinavian Box

    Swedish Comedy 'Solsidan' Smashes Scandinavian Box Office

    Warner Bros. has greenlit “Gangster Squad” with “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer helming. Warner issued the official greenlight on Wednesday. Studio brass and producers are interested in offering the leading parts to Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling but has not confirmed whether offers have been made yet. Warner acquired the rights two years ago to the […]

  • HBO Buys Sundance Doc 'Price of

    Sundance: HBO Buys Art Documentary 'Price of Everything'

    Warner Bros. has greenlit “Gangster Squad” with “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer helming. Warner issued the official greenlight on Wednesday. Studio brass and producers are interested in offering the leading parts to Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling but has not confirmed whether offers have been made yet. Warner acquired the rights two years ago to the […]

  • USC Scripter Awards Finalists 2018: 'Wonder

    'Wonder Woman,' 'Lost City of Z,' 'Big Little Lies' Among USC Scripter Finalists

    Warner Bros. has greenlit “Gangster Squad” with “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer helming. Warner issued the official greenlight on Wednesday. Studio brass and producers are interested in offering the leading parts to Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling but has not confirmed whether offers have been made yet. Warner acquired the rights two years ago to the […]

  • Blade Runner 2049

    'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Game of Thrones' Lead Visual Effects Society Nominations

    Warner Bros. has greenlit “Gangster Squad” with “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer helming. Warner issued the official greenlight on Wednesday. Studio brass and producers are interested in offering the leading parts to Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling but has not confirmed whether offers have been made yet. Warner acquired the rights two years ago to the […]

  • Timothee Chalamet

    Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary From Woody Allen Film to Time's Up, Other Charities

    Warner Bros. has greenlit “Gangster Squad” with “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer helming. Warner issued the official greenlight on Wednesday. Studio brass and producers are interested in offering the leading parts to Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling but has not confirmed whether offers have been made yet. Warner acquired the rights two years ago to the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content