Corrente, Caruso leap to film ‘Fence Jumpers’

Pic based on ex-N.Y. detective Leuci's novel about friendship

Indie filmmaker Michael Corrente and actor David Caruso will team to bring Robert Leuci’s 1996 novel “Fence Jumpers” to the bigscreen.

Corrente, who is putting the final touches on his coming-of-age pic “Outside Providence,” will direct and produce “Jumpers.” He’ll also co-write the script with Leuci.

Caruso will produce and star.

The book, which Corrente optioned about a month ago, chronicles the lives of three best friends — one Irish, one Jewish and one Italian — whose life-long friendship is tested when two of them join the police force and the third takes over his father’s position in the mob. Caruso is set to play the Irish cop.

” ‘Fence Jumpers’ is about loyalty, friendship and business, and where the lines get crossed,” Corrente said. “Friendships formed in the sandbox, in neighborhoods where no one has anything but friendship, tend to run thicker than water.”

Leuci is a former New York detective whose police career was the subject of the film “Prince of the City.” He has written six novels, including the recent St. Martin’s Press release “The Snitch.”

Corrente, whose previous credits include “Federal Hill,” and “American Buffalo,” typically finances his films independently through a network of individual Rhode Island investors.

It’s not clear how “Fence Jumpers” will be funded, however, since Corrente also owes Miramax a picture as part of the mini-major’s deal to acquire “Outside Providence.”

Caruso, who gained national prominence for his role in the TV series “NYPD Blue,” has also starred in features such as “Kiss of Death,” “Jade” and “Body Count.”