Production Is Underway On Lawrence Bender’s Upcoming ‘Fonzo’ Biopic

In New Orleans, Louisiana, a film about one of the most notorious underworld figures in American history is being produced.

The movie in production is called ‘Fonzo,’ a biopic based on the life of Alphonse “Al” Capone, the 20th century mafia chieftain who in his heyday, ruled the streets of Chicago during the 1930s. The psuedonym ‘Fonzo’ was one of Capone’s many nicknames.

Actor Tom Hardy will play the film’s lead role as the gun-toting, hard-hitting, and ruggedly charismatic gangster. Many other films have been made about Al Capone, including 1987’s ‘The Untouchables‘ starring Robert De Niro.

However, the screenplay for ‘Fonzo,’ this new Lawrence Bender film production, is not based on the crime lord’s younger years. According a recent article from Celeb Mix, the film focuses more on Capone’s later years when he was stricken with syphilis.

Lawrence Bender will be working with a team of producers to create this much-anticipated biopic. Bron Studios will be working in association with Creative Wealth Media to get the job done.

Producers Aaron L. Gilbert, Russell Ackerman, John Schoenfelder, and executive producer Jason Cloth will be working on behalf of their companies along with Bender and Lawrence Bender Productions to create this soon-to-be success.

The name Lawrence Bender is ubiquitous in the world of film. The 60-year-old movie mogul is responsible for an arsenal of cinematic hits and has worked with almost every A-list actress, actor, film director, and film editor you can think of.

Bender is best known as the man behind the majority of acclaimed writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s stable of classic films, including ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Pulp Fiction.’

For ‘Fonzo,’ the production team hired director Josh Trank, the son of documentary filmmaker and Academy Award-winner Richard Trank. The younger Trank made history as the youngest director to ever open a film at the top box office spot with ‘Chronicle.’

Josh Trank also wrote the screenplay for ‘Fonzo.’ The story’s focal point is the time around the end of Capone’s last prison sentence, which was a term of 10 years. In this era, Capone was senile and dealt with flashbacks of his terrifying criminal past.

Blade Runner Sequel Finally a Reality After 34 Years

Blade Runner is a Sci-Fi classic that has lived through the years gaining the title of cult classic and much more. According to IMDB, Blade Runner was nominated for 2 Oscars. It also had 11 wins out of 16 other nominations, yet a sequel seemed like an impossibility, until now!

Shooting for the new Blade Runner is said to begin sometime within the next month according to Screenrant. Although much of the story is still a mystery to the general public, this film will be bringing in a mix of both seasoned and fresh actors combined with the original Blade Runner himself, Harrison Ford. Reprising his role as Richard Deckard, Ford is once again picking up with a character that is over 3 decades old. The real question is, will Deckard’s story pick up where it left off, or take the natural time that has passed into consideration?

Harrison Ford is not the only person involved with the original Blade Runner story whom is returning. Ridley Scott, director of the original film and many others, is returning as a producer on the movie. This arrangement should allow for a consistent story-line while still allowing the sequel’s director, Dennis Villenueve, to have some creative freedom.

As a fan of the original film, I have looked forward to seeing more of the Blade Runner universe put onto the big screen. For the sake of the original, I hope it can live up to what’s expected.