Newswire: William Friedkin to adapt hit-man thriller The Winter Of Frankie Machine

William Friedkin has found his follow-up to Killer Joe. Deadline reports that Friedkin has signed on to direct The Winter Of Frankie Machine, an adaptation of the 2007 novel of the same name by Don Winslow. The film will tell the story of Frank Machianno, a retired mob hit man—perhaps living on his mob pension—who, just when he thinks he’s out, gets pulled back in.

Friedkin says that he’s looking to turn in a grittier more low-budget piece, similar to what he did with 2011’s Killer Joe. The French Connection director also adds that while Matthew McConaughey would nail the role of the hit man, he sees Walton Goggins of The Hateful Eight and Justified as a prototype actor for the role, although he notes that he won’t approach either actor until he has a script. Although the project has been bouncing around Hollywood …

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