Leonardo DiCaprio and Paramount have picked up the rights to the Stephen Talty book The Black Hand with DiCaprio currently slated to produce and star in the picture according to Variety. They are currently looking for a writer.
The true story about the origins of the mafia in America follows Joe Petrosino — nicknamed the "Italian Sherlock Holmes" — an NYPD cop who goes after the ruthless gang in the early 190os. The thugs (with the calling card black hand) migrated from Italy to America, and kidnapped people to extort money from their families. They were loathed by law-abiding Italian families who were frightened, but nevertheless helped Petrosino behind the scenes.
Talty is a New York Times best seller who focuses on nonfiction works about individual achievement and history. He was the ghostwriter for the book that the Oscar nominated film Captain Phillips was based on. DiCaprio has been at his best when channeling people who have existed in real life, The Wolf of Wall Street and The Revenant being his two best performances, so this sounds like a movie we should keep our eyes on.