Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Dennis Lehane's novel Live By Night as a potential starring opportunity for Leonardo DiCaprio.
As I'm sure you know if you're reading this, DiCaprio is literally one of the busiest people in the entertainment industry and always has multiple projects brewing (either as an actor or a producer). He's doing both for this movie, and you can add this one to a long list of the actor's commitments; I wouldn't hold my breath about seeing it any time soon.
The last cinematic adaptation of one of Lehane's novels was Shutter Island, which was directed by Martin Scorsese and also starred DiCaprio, but there's no word yet on who will direct Live By Night. It seems unlikely that Scorsese would return to the Prohibition era and a story about the rise of a charismatic young gangster through the Roaring 20s because it seems like the director has his fill of that kind of material on "Boardwalk Empire," which he produces for HBO. But who knows? Ridley Scott is coming back to sci-fi with Prometheus soon, so who's to say Marty can't come back to the gangster movies that took his career to the next level?
Next up, DiCaprio and Scorsese are teaming up for The Wolf of Wall Street, which is written by "Boardwalk" exec producer Terrence Winter. Would you like to see Scorsese direct Live By Night, or should someone else take the helm on this one?