Unlike Kevin Costner's straight-arrow, married G-man portrayed in 'The Untouchables,' this fed will be a skirt-chasing 26-year-old publicity hound who loved to court danger, kick in doors, smash moonshine stores and then rub it in the noses of Capone and other mobsters, according to Deadline.
Screenwriter Grant Pierce Meyers is basing his version of Ness on actual records, in which Ness paraded confiscated bootleg trucks past Capone's hotel -- after tipping him off to look out the window. No cast or director has been announced.
Warner Bros. has its own Capone project, an origin story entitled 'Cicero,' possibly to be directed by David Yates ('Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows').
The studio, home to original gangsters Humphrey Bogart and Jimmy Cagney back in the day, also has 'Gangster Squad' in the pipeline. Sean Penn is currently in negotiations to play L.A. mobster Mickey Cohen, with Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin as the cops gunning for him.
Add in the planned 'Gotti: Three Generations' film and TV's 'Boardwalk Empire,' which features a young Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, and that's a whole lot of mob action going around these days.
Are you excited for a re-do of Eliot vs. Ness?