Legendary Chicago mobster Sam Giancana could soon get the TV series treatment. Ted Field and his Radar Pictures shingle have pacted with Dimitri Logothetis and Nicholas Celozzi to turn Giancana’s life story into a drama.
Radar, Logothetis and Celozzi are looking first for international financing and distribution before turning their attention to finding a U.S. partner. A deal is imminent, the trio said.
Giancana ran the Chicago mob — known as “the Outfit” — from the 1950s to the 1970s, when he was forced out of power and exiled to Mexico. Upon his return, Giancana became an informant for the FBI but was assassinated in his home. Giancana’s murder has never been solved.
Giancana was also a widower raising three daughters. Celozzi secured Giancana’s life rights from daughters Bonnie and Francine, who also happen to be Celozzi’s cousins.
Logothetis and Celozzi will write and exec produce. The duo’s credits include recent Lifetime telepic “The Lost Angel.”
Logothetis’ other credits include “Code Name Eternity,” “Dark Realm” and “Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers.” He also directed HBO’s “Body Shot.” Celozzi has written indie features such as “Quiet Kill.”
Giancana story also hits home for Field, who formerly owned the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as Kaiser Broadcasting and Interscope Communications. As a producer, Field was behind “The Invention of Lying,” “Jumanji,” “The Last Samurai” and “Runaway Bride.”