Director Jose Padilha is heading back into the crime thriller world. The filmmaker first broke onto the scene with his Brazilian crime pics Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within before landing the directing gig on MGM’s RoboCop remake, and now Heat Vision reports that he is next set to direct the true crime thriller The Brotherhood for Warner Bros. The pic is an adaptation of Guy Lawson and William Oldham’s book The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia and centers on two corrupt detectives who secretly worked for two crime families for years while throwing cases, scrapping evidence, and even killing for the mob. Oldham—another detective—eventually brought the two to justice after tracking them for nearly a decade.
The story most definitely has a Departed feel to it, and should make for a rather intriguing crime drama. Dan Lin (Gangster Squad) is producing and Bill Dubuque (The Judge) wrote the script. Padilha’s RoboCop remake hits theaters next February. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for The Brotherhoods.
From inside the heart of the NYPD – The shattering police corruption scandal and the trial that stunned a city.
Detective Stephen Caracappa achieved the distinguished rank of first grade detectve while under the hire of the Luchese crime family.
Detective Louis Eppolito worked the heart of Brooklyn’s mobland; he himself was the son of a Gambino crime family soldier.
Detective William Oldham, the lead investigator on major organized-crime cases, quietly and relentlessly tracked Caracappa and Eppolito for more than seven years.
The Brotherhoods is the riveting account of the notorious rogue cops charged with murdering for the mob, and the brilliant detective who stalked them. With unparalleled access to both the NYPD and organized crime, a gallery of unforgettable characters, and sweeping from Manhattan to Las Vegas to Hollywood, this is the ultimate wiseguy story, packed with psychological intrigue, criminal audacity, and paranoid, blood-soaked fury. [Amazon]