Chuck Hogan, novelist for the box office hit “The Town” has come aboard to write the screenplay for GK Films’ untitled Boston crime drama centered around the Winter Hill Gang and its chief enforcer John Martorano.
Produced by “The Town” producer Graham King and his business partner Tim Headington, the film will chronicle the reign of the notorious crime gang run by James “Whitey” Bulger and the infamous court case that exposed corruption involving the mob and the Boston office of the FBI. Former mobster Martorano was the government’s main witness.
GK Films acquired the true life story rights of Martorano who was released from prison in 2007 after serving 14 years for murder.
An internationally bestselling author, Hogan’s novel Prince of Thieves was published in 2004 and won the Hammett Prize for excellence in crime writing from the International Thriller Writers of America. Prince of Thieves was adapted by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard into the feature film “The Town” directed by Ben Affleck. Produced by King and Basil Iwanyk for Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, “The Town” was the number one film at the box office when it opened on September 17th and has so far taken over $80m.
Hogan’s other novels include The Standoff, The Blood Artists, The Killing Moon and Devils in Exile and, co-authored with Guillermo Del Toro, the New York Times bestseller The Strain and the new novel The Fall.
UTA and Richard Abate at 3Arts Entertainment brokered the deal. GK Film’s Grey Rembert is the executive overseeing the project for the company.