Director David O. Russell is throwing yet another project on to his “to-do” list. A little over a year ago we heard that the The Fighter director was circling a biopic of 21-year Rhode Island mayor Buddy Cianci. Nothing was firm at the time, but now 24 Frames reports that Russell has officially attached himself to the project, though he won’t write the screenplay. For those unfamiliar, Cianci built a career on rooting out corruption only to serve nearly five years in prison on racketeering charges. The untitled biopic will be based on Cianci’s autobiography Politics and Pasta.
Russell is currently in post-production on his adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence and recently attached himself to the 1980s-set undercover sting story American Bullshit. There’s no word on what project he’ll do next, but given that the Cianci biopic is early days I’m assuming that one’s quite a ways off. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the autobiography.
“Colorful” is not a sufficient enough word to describe Buddy Cianci. The subject of a New York Times bestseller, an Emmy Award-winning documentary, and creator of Mayor’s Own Marinara sauce, Buddy is seen by many as a brilliantly successful politician and by others as a rogue.
Since his first election, Buddy rose from being the underdog to becoming the longest-serving mayor of a major American city and transforming that city into an urban model. Here he recalls elections won and lost, backroom deals and publicity catastrophes, showing how things really happen in City Hall. He also doesn’t shy away from discussing why he left office. However, he does deny the charge of assaulting his wife’s lover with a fireplace log (he never hit the man with it). And he goes into detail about the RICO conviction that ended his political career and sent him to federal prison, telling another side of the story.
Full of surprising stories and outrageous anecdotes, Politics and Pasta is a one-of-a-kind memoir by a master of the political game. Take a bit of La Guardia, a dose of Daley, and a little of Boston’s Mayor Curley and you have Buddy–master politician, master story-teller. [Amazon]