Another Denis Lehane novel is headed to the big screen. Some great feature films have previously been adapted from the author’s works such as Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island, and now Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Live By Night with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. The book actually doesn’t come out until October, but it takes the characters from Lehane’s World War I-set novel The Given Day and brings them into Prohibition. No other plot details are given. Live By Night is the second installment of a trilogy Lehane is writing, so now Warner Bros. controls all the material.
Sam Raimi had previously tried to get a feature film adaptation of The Given Day made, but his option has since lapsed. I haven’t read The Given Day, but I’m a fan of the Lehane books that I’ve read and DiCaprio has excellent taste, so I’m assuming Live By Night will be another intriguing (and probably depressing) adaptation once it gets off the ground.