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Tuesday 31 March 2015

Furman joins Stallone's Scarpa

Sylvester Stallone would play mobster Gregory Scarpa on the big screen
Sylvester Stallone would play mobster Gregory Scarpa on the big screen

Sylvester Stallone's hitman movie Scarpa appears to have found a director.

Brad Furman, who directed courtroom drama The Lincoln Lawyer and gambling thriller Runner Runner, is to direct the biopic, reported The Wrap.

Sly is already on board to play late mobster Gregory Scarpa, who was known as the Grim Reaper because he killed more than 50 people for the Colombo crime family. He later turned to become an FBI informant after his own family was murdered, before dying in 1984 in prison in Minnesota.

Scarpa also kidnapped a Ku Klux Klan member and tortured him for two days in order to get the location of the bodies of three civil rights workers killed in Mississippi.

Oscar-nominated Goodfellas screenwriter Nick Pileggi has written the script, while Rocky's Irwin Winkler will produce Scarpa with Millennium's Avi Lerner.

Sylvester, who next reprises his role as group leader Barney Ross in The Expendables 3, will also be seen in drama Reach Me and is expected to appear in the Expendables' female-focused spin-off, Expendabelles.

The action star is also tipped to reprise his role as troubled war veteran John Rambo in a fifth instalment, which he will also write, and is involved in the Rocky spin-off Creed alongside Michael B Jordan.

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