Martin Scorsese Eyeing Infernal Affairs Next
According to Variety, Martin Scorsese has just finished the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator and his reps are now busily negotiating to make Infernal Affairs his next picture at Warner Bros.
Based on the trilogy of Chinese-language gangster movies of the same name ("Wu jian dao"), "Infernal" will be produced by Scorsese as well as Brad Grey, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's Plan B production company. Pitt is said to be considering a starring role in the film.
Set in the midst of an intractable battle between the Hong Kong police and the triads that rule the area, the original film follows a cop who's been assigned to work undercover inside the gangs and who's risen to a fairly senior level. Simultaneously, a secret member of the same powerful criminal gang has infiltrated the police force with an equal measure of luck and success.
William Monahan has written the script for the film. He also penned Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven at Fox, Mazar e Sharif at Columbia Pictures, Tripoli at Fox again and Jurassic Park IV at Universal.