Paul Greengrass to Direct Eliot Ness Film for Paramount

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Paul Greengrass has come on board to direct the Eliot Ness film, aptly titled “Ness,” for Paramount.

Brian Helgeland wrote the original screenplay based on Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko’s graphic novel “Torso.”

Ness, a U.S. Treasury Department agent who enforced Prohibition in Chicago, is best known for bringing down gangster Al Capone. He also famously assembled a team of retired cops to find a serial murderer who dumped his victims’ torsos in a river.

The film will focus on Cleveland serial killer part in the post-Capone years.



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Greengrass, Greg Goodman, who works for Greengrass’ banner, John Davis, and John Fox are producing from Davis Entertainment, alongside David Engel for Circle of Confusion. Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko are exec producing. No actors are currently attached to the film.

The pic has been in development for some time, but picked up steam recently when Greengrass came across Helgeland’s new draft. Greengrass will now work with Hegeland on the script, in addition to casting the man to play the iconic federal agent. The studio hopes to begin production by the end of the year.

Greengrass most recently helmed Universal’s “Jason Bourne,” starring Matt Damon. He is repped by CAA.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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  1. kenmandu says:

    The massive originality boggles the mind. Most people in audiences today can’t recall five years ago. This is about right for Paramount, a total failure of a studio…

  2. JOE S HILL says:

    Sorry folks, but there’s only one “Eliott Ness”, and it isn’t any of these people or Kevin Costner’s 1987 version, it is, and will always be Robert Stack’s version from the 1959-1963 ABC/Desilu series, “THE UNTOUCHABLES”.

  3. Bar. Bee says:


  4. Jorge Pereira says:

    In 2009,Matt Damon was on to play Ness. Yep, that Matt Damon that worked a zillion times with Greengrass

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