The book is officially described as follows: “Growing up among racketeers on the Lower East Side of New York City, Arlyne Brickman associated with mobsters. Drawn to the glamorous and flashy lifestyle, she was soon dating “wiseguys” and running errands for them; but after years as a mob girlfriend, Arlyne began to get in on the action herself—eventually becoming a police informant and major witness in the government’s case against the Colombo crime family.”
Angelina Burnett (Halt and Catch Fire, The Americans) is adapting Carpenter’s book for Makeready. Carpenter is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and also the author of Missing Beauty.
In addition to starring, Jennifer Lawrence will also produce alongside Justine Polsky via their production company Excellent Cadaver. Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, The Young Pope) will direct and produce alongside Wildside’s Lorenzo Mieli.
“Seeing this story from a woman’s point of view is a fresh and exciting approach to telling a classic mob story,” Makeready founder and CEO Brad Weston said in a statement. “We could not imagine a more perfect team of stellar filmmakers, with Jennifer starring in a tour de force role and Paolo at the helm, to bring Arlyne’s strength and unique perspective to life on screen.”
Makeready partner and head of film Pam Abdy and Natalie Williams will oversee for the studio.