Sylvester Stallone will star as Gregory Scarpa, former capo and chief enforcer for the Colombo crime family, in the big screen biopic Scarpa. As Mafia hit men go, Scarpa was especially shocking. According to Deadline, “He called himself the Killing Machine and boasted of 50 murders. His own daughter said, ‘living with him was like living with a serial killer.'”
Dubbed “The Grim Reaper” and referred to as a sociopath, Scarpa wasn’t known only for the number of murders he committed but for the circumstances surrounding the crimes. For example, he was suspected of killing members of his own biological family. He was indicted for many murders.
At one point, Scarpa became an FBI informant, which continued for more than 30 years. He died in a Minnesota prison from AIDS-related complications in 1994.
Directing the film is Brad Furman, best known for the 2011 crime drama The Lincoln Lawyer. Among Scarpa’s producers is Irwin Winkler of Rocky.
The accomplished Nicholas Pileggi wrote the screenplay for the movie. He has an impressive background writing about organized crime. His most famous credits are the iconic films Goodfellas and Casino.
Sylvester Stallone remains as busy as ever, with a full slate of high-profile pictures debuting between now and the end of 2016. In addition to this film, his other projects include the Rocky spinoff Creed with Michael B. Jordan, out Sept. 25, and animated features Ratchet and Clank and Animal Crackers, out next year. There is also talk of a new Rambo film on the way.
Scarpa is expected to open in theaters in 2016.