The Mitch Glazer-created period Miami casino mob series Magic City, which Starz canceled last year after a two-season run, is moving to the big screen. Glazer wrote the script and will direct series regulars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny Huston, Olga Kurylenko and Kelly Lynch, who’ll be joined by Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and others. Len Blavatnik of AI Film, Brett Ratner of RatPac and Gerry Schwartz of Onex Corporation will produce and finance, with Steve Bing of Shangri-La Entertainment, Alan J. Helene and Glazer producing. QED will introduce the project to buyers at AFM next week.
The pitch: Miami 1962. Gangsters, hoteliers, spies and socialites win, lose and die beneath the palms. JFK and a mob boss share a mistress in a Collins Avenue penthouse. The CIA secretly arms Cuban freedom fighters and hires the mafia to kill Castro. The most powerful Miami Beach hotel owner battles them all to save his family and survive in the Magic City. Glazer previously helmed Passion Play and has written such films as Scrooged, The Recruit, Great Expectations and the upcoming Rock The Kasbah, which he also produced along with QED.
“Mitch is a fantastic creative partner, and we’re thrilled to collaborate with him again,” Block said. “We loved Magic City the series and know that with Mitch’s sensational script and this outstanding cast, it will translate beautifully to the big screen.”
Said Glazer, “The chance to explore this wild time and place and this compelling family saga is a dream come true.”
CAA will represent the film’s domestic distribution rights, in concert with Jeff Berg.
Also on the QED Block at AFM are the Robert De Niro starrer Dirty Grandpa, Rock The Kasbah with Murray and the Jason Bateman-helmed The Family Fang.