‘Logan’ Director James Mangold to Helm Gritty Cop Drama ‘The Force’

     March 16, 2017


James Mangold is having one of those career moments most directors spend a career dreaming about. Coming off the success of Logan, which is a bonafide critical and commercial hit, topping $400 million worldwide in half a month, Mangold is probably fielding a lot of offers right now, but the director has chosen to return to 20th Century Fox for his next film, an adaptation of Don Winslow‘s The Force.

Per Deadline, the 3:10 to Yuma and Walk the Line helmer is in talks to develop and direct an adaptation of the upcoming NYPD epic from the writer of the critically-acclaimed best-selling novel The Cartel. The Force follows a corrupt cop caught in the web of his misdeeds and was picked up by the studio last fall in a seven-figure deal before the novel even had a title. Ahead of its release, the book has already got plenty of buzz around it, including some major praise from none other than Stephen King, who called itThe Godfather, only with cops,” adding, “It’s that good.” The book will be published on June 20th.

the-force-book-coverScott Free’s Ridley Scott, The Story Factory’s Shane Salerno, and Michael Schaefer are producing. The team is looking to find a writer quickly, who will develop the film with Mangold.

Here’s the official book synopsis via Harper Collins:

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.


He is “the King of Manhattan North,” a, highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of “Da Force.” Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest, an elite special unit given unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years he’s spent on the Job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He’s done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean—including Malone himself.

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