EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has just acquired Live By Night, the new Dennis Lehane novel, as a star vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio. The film will be produced by his Appian Way Productions, which is working on several high profile Warner projects, including the Matt Reeves-directed The Twilight Zone, and Akira. They are also developing Satori, the bestseller by Savages author Don Winslow as a star vehicle for DiCaprio, with a script being written by Shane Salerno and Winslow.
The novel uses some of the characters from Lehane’s sprawling period novel The Given Day and brings them into Prohibition. The Given Day, itself a wonderful novel, was originally optioned by Sam Raimi but that lapsed. This is the second installment of a trilogy that Lehane is writing, so Warner Bros controls all the material. DiCaprio and his partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran will produce and Appian’s Michael Ireland brought in the book.
Deal was just closed by Lehane’s longtime rep Amy Schiffman at IPG. Book will be published this fall. Lehane’s novels are hard bitten Boston crime stories that make lively movies that have included Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island. The latter starred DiCaprio, with Martin Scorsese directing.