'Zombieland' was one of the more pleasant surprises of 2009, a fun, silly riff on a genre that has otherwise been played to death. Still, nothing in that film screamed "Epic Period Gangster Drama," which makes director Ruben Fleischer an unexpected but entirely pleasant choice for Warner Bros.' 'Gangster Squad,' the story of the titular group of police officers who battled organized crime in Los Angeles during the 1940s and 1950s.
Deadline reports that Fleischer is currently in negotiations to helm the project, which is "one of the hotter scripts in the studio's arsenal." Written by former LAPD cop Will Beall (author of the novel 'L.A. Rex') and based on a series of LA Times articles by Paul Lieberman, the film sounds similar to classic cop films like 'L.A. Confidential' and 'The Untouchables' but appears to have an air of authenticity that those stylized (albeit, amazing) neo noirs lacked.