Mandalay Pictures has turned last week's national news headlines into a project titled Mafia Cop.
According to Variety, the movie will be based on the life of Louis Eppolito, a highly decorated NYPD detective who was found guilty Thursday, along with Steven Caracappa, of participating in eight murders, two attempted murders, one murder conspiracy, money laundering, obstruction of justice and drug distribution. According to reports, the case is called one of the worst police corruption scandals in New York history.
Dan Gordon, who previously wrote the biopic The Hurricane, will write the screenplay. He had attended the three-week trial.
The imprisoned detective, who was the 11th most decorated cop in New York history, authored a book with Bob Drury about his life titled "Mafia Cop: The Story of an Honest Cop Whose Family Was the Mob." Mandalay Pictures has Eppolito's life rights as well as film rights to the book.
Eppolito was arrested in Las Vegas last year along with Caracappa, his partner on the police force. The two were close friends and lived on the same Las Vegas street after retiring as detectives. Detailed accounts on the stand showed the men often used their power to commit crimes while feeding police intelligence to Mafia underboss Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso.
Eppolito is the son of a Gambino crime family member. After retiring and moving to Las Vegas, he took up screenwriting and acting. He has more than a dozen acting credits, including a part as Fat Andy in GoodFellas.
Eppolito and Caracappa are scheduled to be sentenced May 20.