In line with the nonfiction book Scarface and the Untouchable by Max Allen Collins and A. Brad Schwartz, a string adaptation is in development at Showtime from Emmy nominee Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout production company ( The Mummy , Star Trek: Discovery ) and writer Ben Jacoby ( Newsflash , Flash Boys ), in accordance with Deadline. The series centers around the “epic, years-long battle between Al Eliot and Capone Ness, who clashed on the largest stage in the global world on the solution to becoming ultimate American enemies. ”
Al Eliot and Capone Ness’s story has been told onscreen often, but arguably most memorably in director Brian De Palma’s 1987 crime drama The Untouchables , starring Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness and Robert De Niro as Al Capone. The film earned Sean Connery an Oscar in 1988 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
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The project will dive into prohibition-era politics, industrialization, media, the immigrant experience, police, and the birth of organized crime. The project shall span from the 1920s in to the Great Depression, from South Side slums completely around the White House, showing how Al Capone corporatized crime on an even before imagined as Eliot Ness never, probably the most revolutionary cops in American history, fought an uphill battle to reform police, today a battle that continues to.
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The nonfiction book, fully titled Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago , was optioned by Secret Hideout after being published in 2018 by HarperCollins. The written book chronicles the lives of gangster Al Capone and his lawman nemesis, Eliot Ness, in Prohibition Era-Chicago, drawing upon “decades of primary source research-including the non-public papers of Ness and his associates, released federal files newly, and long-forgotten crime magazines containing interviews with the G-men and gangsters themselves.”
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Executive producers include Jacoby and Secret Hideout’s Kurtzmann, Kadin, and Aaron Baiers. Alan Gasmer, Bob Bookman, Peter Jaysen, and Bill Nuss shall produce.