Sylvester Stallone To Play Brutal Gangster
Sylvester Stallone is set to play one of the most infamous figures in organized crime.
Known as the Grim Reaper, Gregory Scarpa served as a hitman for the Colombo crime family throughout the 1980s and into the early ’90s.
Aside from being a prime suspect in the murders of his own biological family, Scarpa boasted of 50 murders, and proudly called himself the Killing Machine. He became an FBI informant, and was eventually indicted in multiple murders.
Ten years after Scarpa’s death from AIDS related complications in a Minnesota prison, Brad Furman has agreed to direct Stallone in Millenium Films’ Scarpa. The film, which will likely begin production next year, is being produced by Irwin Winkler, who previously produced Rocky.
Nicholas Pileggi, who scripted Martin Scorcese’s Goodfellas and Casino, will write the screenplay. Goodfellas, incidentally, was nominated for an Oscar.
In an interview with the New York Post, Linda Schiro, Scarpa’s daughter, said her upbringing was “like living with a serial killer.” She recalled that her father could kill someone and then, five minutes later, would sit and watch television with her.
Scarpa also carried out a savage retribution against anyone he felt was harming his daughter. A limo driver who tried to rape Linda was beaten and later executed, while a boy who shared drugs with the then teenager had his face beaten in.