Written by Stephen Talty and due out in April, The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History follows the true story of Joseph Petrosino, an Italian detective chasing the perpetrators of a crime wave that hits New York City in the summer of 1903. The organization behind the crimes leaves a black hand symbol as its calling card.
Paramount had acquired the rights to the book, and DiCaprio is set to produce the cinematic adaptation via his Appian Way banner alongside The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jeremy Bell. DiCaprio will also star in The Black Hand, presumably in the lead role as Detective Petrosino.
The Oscar-winning actor seems to have taken a liking to the nonfiction genre of late, as he is also attached to star in the Martin Scorsese-directed The Devil in the White City and in a forthcoming biopic about legendary rock and roll producer Sam Phillips. He will also be indulging his environmental activism by teaming up with Paramount to bring ’90s cartoon series Captain Planet to the big screen.