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Sylvester Stallone to make TV debut with Mob drama Omerta

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Story by Jack Foley

SYLVESTER Stallone is to make his small screen debut with Mob drama Omerta.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the three-time Oscar nominee is closing a deal to star in Antoine Fuqua’s TV adaption of the Mario Puzo book, which marked the final part of a Mafia trilogy that started with The Godfather and continued with The Last Don.

Stallone is expected to play the mafia head at the centre of the story.

If negotiations are concluded successfully, the venture would mark Stallone’s first scripted TV series – although he’s also currently attached as an executive producer to NBC’s unscripted fitness competition Strong.

Omerta was published posthumously in 2000, a year after the death of Puzo, the two-time Oscar-winning author.

The title of the novel is derived from the Mafia’s code of silence about criminal activity and their refusal to give evidence to the police.

It follows the story of the Apriles, a family on the brink of legitimacy in a world of criminals.

As yet, no network is attached to the TV series but sources say the pilot could film as early as this summer with a view to shipping it to cable and streaming services.

Stallone was most recently seen in Rocky spin-off Creed, which thrust him back into the awards limelight. The actor won a Golden Globe as best supporting actor and was also Oscar nominated.

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