David Mamet set to direct film on Chicago mobster’s role in death of JFK

Academy Award nominated director David Mamet is set to helm the film 2 Days, 1963, a story recounting the events that took place during the 48 hours preceding the assassination of President John F Kennedy.

The drama is scripted by Chicago native Nicholas Celozzi who reveals that his great-uncle, notorious Chicago mobster Sam Giancana, engineered the assassination of Kennedy as revenge for his attempt to bring down organized crime.

“Nick wrote and sent me this script, and it’s a helluva script,” Mamet said, per Deadline. “Really inside stuff, similar to what Francis Coppola did with Mario Puzo in The Godfather. That’s the great American film, but it’s got very little to do with the book. What’s The Godfather really about? Francis Coppola and Mario Puzo sitting around a kitchen table and telling the stories they overheard of their grandparents. That’s why we love that movie, it reeks of being inside, of family and cultural myths presented like gossip. It’s the stuff Nick heard around the kitchen table from the people who knew. It’s incredibly yummy. It made me say, I would love to make this movie, and here we are.”

The film will focus on the events that took place in the two days preceding the assassination of the 35th American president according to information reported by Joseph Giancana, the brother of Sam Giancana.

Celozzi is no stranger to telling tales of his family’s infamous past. He previously produced the documentary Momo: The Sam Giancana Story, which premiered a decade ago at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The film went on to win two L.A. festival awards. It received Best Documentary honors from the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and The Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at The Bel-Air Film Festival.

2 Days, 1963 will be produced under Monaco Films through Nicholas Celozzi. Monaco Films Vice President Michael Sportelli is Executive Producer. Bonnie Giancana, daughter of Sam Giancana, will be a consultant and Executive Producer.

The film is in pre production. It’s unknown if any part of the film will be filmed in Chicago but Reel Chicago hopes to update this story in the next few days with information on filming locations. 

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