DeNiro takes on Madoff role

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 schemeĀ  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.

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Michael McFarlin joined Futures in 2010 after graduating summa cum laude from Trinity International University, where he majored in English/Communication. With the launch of the new web platform, Michael serves as web editor for the site and will continue to work on the magazine, where he focuses on the Markets and Trading 101 features. He also served as a member of the Wisconsin National Guard from 2007 to 2010.

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