Robert DeNiro has played a lot of villains and crooks in his time, just think of his performance of Al Capone in "The Untouchables." Now, he's ready to add another role to that list, that of Bernie Madoff, in an HBO production that has not received the green-light yet.
DeNiro also will executive produce the production along with his partner Jane Rosenthal, through their company, Tribeca Productions. The movie will be based mainly on the book "The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust" by Diane Henriques.
The movie will give the Hollywood treatment to Madoff and his $60 billion Ponzi scheme, the largest in such scheme in U.S. history. Madoff was arrested in December 2008 and currently is serving a 150-year prison sentence at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina.
Another movie based on the premise of investor fraud, "Tower Heist," is doing well in theaters right now, earning more than $64 million in global box office sales.