The story centers on a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with a murky, raised-by-the-mob past that he tried to leave behind by joining the Witness Protection Program. His life becomes just a little more hectic when a mobster admitted as a patient recognizes him from his previous life as a hitman, and threatens to rat him out.
The story of the book’s publication is nearly enough for a movie on its own. Bazell is a medical intern, who was spending a usual night shift in scrubs as his book was at the center of an fierce bidding war between eight publishing houses. He ended up with a nice seven figures for his first book – between that and the movie deal, I think it’s safe to say you won’t find him on that night shift any longer.
DiCaprio has two movies in pre-production now, in addition to his development of “Akira,” so it’s not clear when the film might begin shooting. Given his dramatic, award-nominated turns of late, it will practically be a relief to see him in a dark, violent comedy like “Reaper.”
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