Mamet Set to Pen Film on Life of Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr.

News   Mamet Set to Pen Film on Life of Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr.
Playwright David Mamet — who is set to have a number of shows see production in the coming season — is also at work on a film adaptation about the life of the colorful former mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr.

Michael Corrente — who previously teamed with Mamet on "American Buffalo" — will direct the work which will be based on the book "The Prince of Providence," by journalist Mike Stanton. The book follows the rise and fall of Cianci, who is credited with revitalizing the once Mob-ridden town of Providence, Rhode Island. The one-time state prosecutor began his long-standing career as mayor in 1974 and was re-elected twice. He left office in 1984 after admittedly assaulting a man who was having an affair with his wife. Cianci then became a radio talk show host and in 1990 announced he was again running for mayor. He won, but returned to prison in 2002 after being indicted on racketeering conspiracy charge.

Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo and possibly Speed-the Plow have all been reported to be revived on Broadway in the coming season. Off Broadway's Atlantic Theatre Company — which the scribe co-founded with actor William H. Macy — will present his new play Romance. His other works include The Old Neighborhood, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Oleanna, Cryptogram and Boston Marriage as well as the films "State and Main," "The Spanish Prisoner" and "Heist."

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