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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

With all the positive buzz surrounding their latest film, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, the world is the Russo brothers’ oyster. The duo made their action film debut with 2014’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and proceeded to be come the new shepherds of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But like most prolific filmmakers, they have their fingers in a lot of different pies, and while they’re no doubt busy over in the MCU, they still have their eyes on anther prize. Deadline is reporting that the pair’s production company Getaway Productions, along with Skybound Entertainment, have acquired the rights to develop THE MASTERMIND, a series of investigative articles published online by Avatist Magazine, for television.

The official site describes the series of articles as follows:

“[Paul Le Roux] was a brilliant programmer and a vicious cartel boss, who became a prized U.S. government asset. The Atavist Magazine presents a story of an elusive criminal kingpin, told in weekly installments.”

The stories started their publication on the site early last month, and so far, they’ve reached up to episode 8 of the compelling story. Very much in the vein of the Netflix documentary series MAKING A MURDERER, or the podcast SERIAL, the publication is definitely capitalizing on the general mainstream’s hunger for serialized true crime storytelling. 

“[Avatist founder] Evan [Ratliff] is breaking the story of one of the most successful and notorious global criminal masterminds of the 21st century – covering his rise to power, getting busted by the DEA and then turning state’s witness as they piece together and dismantle his vast, disconnected global criminal empire,” said Mike Larocca, President of Film and Television for Getaway, Productions in making the announcement. “We were riveted by this true crime story, its societal implications and cinematic potential.”

Sean Furst, Skybound Entertainment’s Co-President of Film and Television, had the following to say:

“We have had some experience and, happily, some success in creating fictional, serialized dramas but the opportunity to base a show on real world current events with such a fascinating if nefarious main character was certainly compelling to us.” 

No word yet on how involved the Russo brothers intend to be with the series, but given their history in the television medium, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if they directed the first episode in the five seconds of spare time they’ll have in-between their feature projects.

What do you think of the idea of developing of a series like THE MASTERMIND? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Deadline, The Mastermind

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.