Al Capone and Elliot Ness will compete again when Deadline reports that Showtime is developing Scarface and the Untouchable, a series crusade by wetman Ness to take down infamous gangster Capone in Prohibition-era Chicago. The series comes from producer Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek: Picard) and writer Ben Jacoby (News flash).
Scarface and the Untouchable will be based on Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness and the Battle for Chicago, a 2018 non-fiction book by Max Allen Collins and A. Brad Schwartz chronicling the lives of Capone and Ness, which was named best book of the year by the Chicago Public Library. The book’s summary was based on “decades of primary source research – including the personal papers of Ness and his associates, newly released federal files, and long-forgotten crime magazines featuring interviews with the gangsters and G-men themselves.”
The series follows the politics of the prohibition era, industrialization, the mass media, the experience of immigrants, law enforcement and the birth of organized crime. It will stretch from the roaring 1920s to the Great Depression, from the South Side slums all the way to the White House. It will show how Al Capone privatized crime to a level never before imagined, and how Eliot Ness, one of the most revolutionary agents in American history, waged an uphill battle to reform law enforcement, one that continued to the full continues today. “
Jacoby will co-produce and executive produce the series with Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout partners Heather Kadin and Aaron Baiers. CBS Studios will also produce with Alan Gasmer, Bob Bookman, Peter Jaysen and Bill Nuss.
The fight between Ness and Capone has been popularized as one of the defining criminal cases in American history. The story of Capone’s demise has been adapted many times through books, film and television, such as the final season of Boardwalk Empire and the Tom Hardy-directed movie Capone, but most notably in Brian De Palma’s 1987 classic The untouchables, who saw Kevin Costner as Elliot Ness and Robert De Niro as Al Capone. The film also earned the late Sean Connery an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Jim Malone, Ness’s mentor who taught Ness what Chicago really was like.
Ricky Church – Follow me Twitter for more movie news and geek talk.