David Mamet to direct crime drama 2 Days/1963

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The award winning screenwriter David Mamet will come at the JFK assassination from a new angle.

Screenwriter David Mamet is returning to the gangster genre with 2 Days/1963, over three decades after penning the screenplays for The Untouchables in 1987 and his second directorial effort Things Change in 1988, though in 2017 he penned the novel Chicago set in the 1920’s Prohibition era.

The film will focus on gangster Sam Giancana, who purportedly arranged the assassination of JFK as revenge for his attempts to bring down organized crime after they helped him get into office.

Giancana has been portrayed as a supporting player in films numerous times, perhaps most notably by Joe Pesci (as a character who was an amalgam of several real mobsters including Giancana) in Robert De Niro’s The Good Shephard in 2006, and by Al Linea in Martin Scorsese’s 2019 film The Irishman.

Given that Mamet’s dialogue is so unique it has come to be known in film circles as ‘Mamet Speak’, it’s no surprise that the Oscar and Pulitzer prize winning writer will also do a polish on the script, which was originally penned by Giancana’s real life grandnephew Nicholas Celozzi. Bonnie Giancana, daughter of the late mobster, will be a consultant and executive producer.

Of the film, Mamet said that “Nick wrote and sent me this script, and it’s a helluva script. Really inside stuff, similar to what Francis Coppola did with Mario Puzo in The Godfather. That’s the great American film, but it’s got very little to do with the book. What’s The Godfather really about? Francis Coppola and Mario Puzo sitting around a kitchen table and telling the stories they overheard of their grandparents. That’s why we love that movie, it reeks of being inside, of family and cultural myths presented like gossip. It’s the stuff Nick heard around the kitchen table from the people who knew. It’s incredibly yummy. It made me say, I would love to make this movie, and here we are.”

It will go before the cameras in Los Angeles and Dallas towards the end of 2022.


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