Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese will reteam for the ninth time:
After Robert De Niro reteams with his Heat and Godfather co-star Al Pacino for Righteous Kill, he will reunite with Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese for the ninth time for the crime pic Frankie Machine.
The long-gestating adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel The Winter of Frankie Machine will be produced by De Niro’s Tribeca shingle. DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com reports, “Scorsese is set to direct it for Paramount under his deal there.”
The site adds that the title has been shortened to just Frankie Machine, and that it is expected to be Scorsese’s next film following his Rolling Stones project.
Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen) penned the screenplay adaptation. Don Winslow’s official site had the following plot synopsis:
“Frank Machianno, aka Frankie Machine, retires from his life as a contract killer and begins a new life in San Diego. Far removed from any of the thrills of his mob life, he opens a bait shack on Ocean Beach Pier, runs three other legit businesses, and when nothing else demands his attention, puts his board in the water and rides the waves. Not a bad life for the 62-year-old Vietnam vet; at least most of the time it is quiet. Frankie’s life however returns to the tension, suspense and terror of the ‘old-days’ when the head of the Los Angeles syndicate calls in a marker, and asks him for backup during a meeting with members of the Detroit mob. The meeting is suppose to be an effort to resolve the current disputes between the two groups, but turns out to be a setup to end Frankie’s life.”
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