Robert De Niro turns mobster again for ‘Frankie Machine’

November 14th, 2007 - 2:48 am ICT by admin  
Helming the pic will be ‘Miami Vice’ director Michael Mann.

Mann previously directed De Niro in the 1995 movie “Heat.”

The film is based on the Don Winslow’s novel “The Winter of Frankie Machine,” reports Variety.

De Niro will play Frank Machianno, a mob hitman who has retired to run a bait shop. He agrees to help the son of a mob boss resolve a dispute with another Mafioso but is forced to turn into Frankie Machine again when he realizes he’s been set up to be killed.

The veteran actor will also be producing the pic along with Jane Rosenthal through their Tribeca Films shingle.

Though De Niro has of late shunned mobster roles, he made an exception for ‘Frankie Machine’ after reading the Winslow novel well before it was published.

A draft was original written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien. (ANI)

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