Back in March it was announced that director James Mangold is set to follow up this year’s critically acclaimed superhero blockbuster Logan with an adaptation of Don Winslow’s latest novel The Force, and now Deadline is reporting that David Mamet (The Untouchables, Wag the Dog) is in talks to pen the script.
The official description for The Force, released in bookstores this week, reads:
Our ends know our beginnings, but the reverse isn’t true…
All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.
He is “the King of Manhattan North,” a, highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of “Da Force.” Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest, an elite special unit given unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years he’s spent on the Job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He’s done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean—including Malone himself.
What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city’s history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.
In addition to The Force, Winslow’s novel The Cartel is also heading to the big screen, with Ridley Scott attached to direct. Scott meanwhile is also serving as a producer on The Force through his Scott Free banner.