Momo Giancana was born in Chicago and joined the 42 Gang as a teenager, developing a reputation that got him notice by the Chicago Outfit leaders. Giancana and the Mafia were involved in John F. Kennedy’s victory in the 1960 presidential election. Some claim Giancana along with Mafia leaders Santo Trafficante Jr. and Carlos Marcello were also behind the assassination of Kennedy. Now it looks like Giancana’s family is ready to bring his story top light.
Deadline is reporting that David Mamet, 2-time Oscar–nominated scribe and Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright, will rework a script for 2 days/1963, originally by Nicholas Celozzi, the great nephew of Giancana. Celozzi will produce the film through his Monaco Films, with VP Michael Sportelli also producing. Bonnie Giancana, daughter of the Giancana, will be a consultant and executive producer.
During the late 1930s, Giancana joined the Chicago Outfit. From the 1940s through the 1950s, he controlled the illegal gambling, illegal liquor distribution, and political rackets in Louisiana. In the early 1940s, Giancana was involved in Chicago’s African-American lottery payout system for the Outfit. In 1957, Giancana became the boss of the Chicago Outfit. 8 years later, Giancana was convicted of contempt of court, serving one year in prison. After his release from prison, Giancana fled to Cuernavaca, Mexico. In Giancana , he was deported to the United States, returning to Chicago and was murdered on June 19, 1975, in Oak Park, Illinois.
I don’t know about you, but I am always up for a good gangster flick. Especially true stories. The world needs more mobster history. Seeing the story of Sam Giancana, rise to power, help get JFK elected, and then have to set JFK up. A story I don’t know a lot about, which makes it even more interesting! Mamet is a very talented writer, and director. He has been working on stage productions for quite some time, but has an impressive resume, which includes Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman film Wag The Dog. Are you excited for this project? Answer the call in the comments below!