James Mangold Targets The Force


Logan's James Mangold will take on Don Winslow's The Force at 20th Century Fox.

Logan’s James Mangold will take on Don Winslow’s The Force at 20th Century Fox

Although the book itself won’t get published until June, Don Winslow‘s upcoming novel The Force already has an adaptation in the works at 20th Century Fox. Today, Deadline reveals that the project has found a helmer in none other than Logan‘s James Mangold. Winslow famously spent years researching The Force from inside the NYPD. Mangold, meanwhile, previously explored New York law enforcement in 1997’s Cop Land.

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Not to be confused with the energy field that surrounds us, penetrates us and binds the galaxy together, The Force is described on Winslow’s official site as follows: 

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.

Ridley Scott, who has been developing at feature film based on Winslow’s The Cartel, is producing The Force through his Scott Free Productions alongside Michael Schaefer. Winslow’s agent, The Story Factory’s Shane Salerno, is also set to produce.