James Gray Will Tame the White Devil for Warners

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Director James Gray has a lot of experience writing and directing crime-thrillers with The Yards, We Own the Night and Little Odessa all having their share of fans among movie enthusiasts.

Now word comes from Deadline that Gray also has fans at Warner Bros. who have tapped the filmmaker to write and direct a contemporary drama called White Devil, set in the real world of the Chinese Mafia in Boston and a white kid adopted by a Chinese family into that world.

The movie is based on the real case of Dorchester, Mass. resident John Willis, also known as “White Devil John,” who was allegedly a ringleader and enforcer within the area’s Asian organized crime who was jailed earlier this year for drug-trafficking.

Gray’s most recent film The Immigrant, starring Joaquin Phoenix-who has appeared in all of the director’s films except for Little Odessa–Marion Cotillard and James Gray, is scheduled for release by The Weinstein Company, and Deadline states that Gray is still attached to the adaptation of David Grann’s Amazon adventure tale The Lost City of Z at Paramount and the Fox/New Regency action-thriller The Gray Man.

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