James McTeigue Hired for Period Crime Drama NESS/CAPONE

McTeigue tackling Eliot Ness and Al Capone feud.

‘Ninja Assassin’ and ‘V for Vendetta’ director James McTeigue has been tapped to direct ‘Ness/Capone,’ a period crime drama based on the 2010 Black List script by Grant Pierce Myers.

The movie will put a new spin on the epic battle between Eliot Ness and Al Capone during the Prohibition Era 1920s and according to Deadine, it will cover the feud in more shades of gray than were evident in ‘The Untouchables.’ Ness is a skirt-chasing 26-year-old publicity hound who seemed to get an adrenaline charge out of courting danger, kicking in doors, smashing moonshine stores and rubbing it in the noses of Capone and other mobsters. He would parade confiscated bootleg trucks past Capone’s hotel, calling Capone in advance to suggest he look out the window.

McTeigue recently wrapped on the John Cusack-toplined thriller ‘The Raven.’ The Australian director is set to move on to the character-driven thriller ‘Message from the King’ before helming ‘Ness/Capone.’