Since Ben Affleck’s latest directorial effort, “The Town”, opened to unexpectedly large audiences, he’s become a hot commodity in that role. Now it is being reported that Warner Bros. has offered him the helm of “Tales From the Gangster Squad”, a story about the squad of Los Angeles Police Department cops that was tasked with running mobster Mickey Cohen out of town in the 1940s.
Cohen … started out as hired muscle for Al Capone in Chicago, but blossomed as a mogul after being sent to Los Angeles by Murder, Inc. kingpin Meyer Lansky to surveille Bugsy Siegel, with whom Cohen helped set up the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and ran its sports-betting operation. He also ran a panoply of L.A. businesses, presumably as fronts to launder money — including floral shops, paint stores, nightclubs, casinos, gas stations, a haberdashery, and an ice-cream parlor — before getting busted for tax evasion in 1950 and serving four years in federal prison.
“Gangster Squad” is based on 2008 series of articles by Paul Lieberman, and was adapted for the screen by Will Beall.