Saturday, June 11, 2016

New mob TV series ‘Bad Blood: The Vito Rizzuto Story’ promises Shakespearian tale of power and revenge

After dominating headlines and best-seller lists for over a decade, Montreal Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto’s (pictured above, left) story is finally coming to television. Bad Blood: The Vito Rizzuto Story is a true crime, six part limited event series based on Business or Blood by authors Peter Edwards and Antonio Nicaso.

“It still doesn’t feel real,” Edwards tells Gangsters Inc. when asked about this huge project. “I can’t turn on the television yet and actually see it, but it’s a great feeling. It feels good to be part of such a great team of producers and writers. We started writing the book and hadn’t finished it yet when a third partner, Tony Cianciotta, helped make that deal. It was his job to try find an outlet to make a movie or television show. It’s so much work putting this together.”

And the work has only just begun. “I’m a consultant for the series so that’s a lot of fun,” Edwards says. With projects like these it’s always about getting the details right. Edwards: “I’ve been talking with one of the writers about a guy I met and what his personality is like.”

Though Edwards never actually got to talk to the secretive Sicilian-Canadian mob boss himself – Rizzuto shunned the press for the most part –  he did meet people around him. Like Joe Di Maulo, who himself was murdered in 2012 as part of Montreal’s increasingly volatile mob war.  (more...)


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