Josh Trank’s Capone starring Tom Hardy goes straight to VOD
Vertical Entertainment has reportedly acquired the North American distribution rights to director Josh Trank’s long-in development biographical crime drama film Capone (formerly titled “Fonzo“) with the MPAA granting it a R-rating for “strong/bloody violence, pervasive language and some sexuality.” The Tom Hardy-led Al Capone film has been in development since 2016 and is expected to make its long-awaited debut sometime this year.
According to The Playlist, there is possibility that Capone might forgo its theatrical release and head directly to Digital as Vertical Entertainment is known for releasing films through select theaters and VOD. Given the world’s current situation right now, if the studio is still planning to push through with its 2020 release date, the film’s straight to VOD release is very likely. However, there is also chance that Vertical might schedule the film’s release to a later date or pushed it back to next year.
A ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Al Capone (Tom Hardy) was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Capone’s mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.
Co-starring in Capone are Linda Cardellini (Dead to Me) as Capone’s long-suffering wife Mae, Matt Dillon (Crash) as his closest friend Johnny, Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) as his doctor Karlock, and Kathrine Narducci (The Sopranos) as Rosie, one of his sisters. It will also feature Jack Lowden and Noel Fisher.
Capone is written and directed by Josh Trank (Fantastic Four, Chronicle) and produced by Aaron L. Gilbert (Fences, Beatriz at Dinner) for BRON, Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder (Hold the Dark, Tau) for Addictive Pictures, and Academy Award nominee Lawrence Bender (Inglorious Basterds, Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction) for A Band Apart, alongside executive producer Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media.
A number of actors have portrayed Al Capone over the years, including, Paul Muni (The Shame of a Nation), Rod Steiger (Al Capone), Neville Brand (The Scarface Mob), Jason Robards (The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre), Ben Gazzara (Capone), Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire), Anthony LaPaglia (Road to Perdition), and, perhaps most famously, Robert DeNiro in Brian DePalma’s The Untouchables.