Mann & DiCaprio Adapting Public Enemies
Source: Variety Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Collateral director Michael Mann and Leonardo DiCaprio will collaborate on a drama about the great crime wave of 1933-34, reports Variety. Universal Pictures has purchased screen rights to Public Enemies, the best-selling book by "Barbarians at the Gate" author Bryan Burrough.
The film will tell the story of how the government's attempt to stop Depression-era criminal legends John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd transformed J. Edgar Hoover's FBI from a powerless agency into the country's first federal police force.
The trade adds that it is unclear yet which role DiCaprio will take, or even which side of the law his character will be on.