Newswire: Paul Greengrass to direct Eliot Ness biopic based on a graphic novel

Though The Untouchables has seemed like the definitive Eliot Ness movie for a few decades, Paul Greengrass is stepping up to direct a new Eliot Ness movie for a new generation. Titled Ness, the movie will be based on Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko’s graphic novel Torso, which chronicled Ness’ attempt to capture a torso-chopping serial killer in Cleveland in the years after bringing down Al Capone. The screenplay is being written by LA Confidential‘s Brian Helgeland, who also worked on Greengrass’ The Bourne Supremacy.

This comes from Deadline, which says that the studio (Paramount Pictures) is hoping to turn this into a franchise. If that’s the case, subsequent movies will probably have to be prequels, since the most famous thing Eliot Ness ever did wasn’t catching this torso killer. There’s also no casting information yet, but Matt Damon is definitely waiting by his …

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