Madonna galpal Ingrid Casares signs biopic deal
”Swept Away” seemed to prove that no one really wants to see Madonna on screen these days, but she may show up again anyway, this time as a character in someone else’s story. Ingrid Casares, the Madonna galpal who became a successful Miami nightclub impresario, and her partner Chris Paciello have sold their life stories to DreamWorks, Variety reports. The studio hopes to make a biopic of their story, to be filmed by ”Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce.
During the 1990s, Casares and Paciello operated such popular Miami nightspots as Liquid, drawing a celebrity-studded clientele. In 1999, however, Paciello was arrested for a racketeering charge of felony murder and bank robbery, relating to his days as an associate of the Bonanno crime family. He pleaded guilty in 2000 and is currently in the witness protection program while he awaits a chance to testify against Bonanno and Columbo crime family members in return for a reduced sentence, the New York Daily News reports.
Word of Paciello’s deal has angered victims of the crimes he was associated with, the Daily News reports. ”This is disgusting,” said Arlyn Kidan, whose mother, Judy Shemtov, was murdered during a home burglary in which Paciello admitted driving the getaway car. ”I’m shocked. I can’t believe that someone would give them any money. I know he wasn’t the one who actually shot my mother. But he masterminded the crime. I hold him just as responsible as Thomas Reynolds,” the shooter, who was sentenced last year to life in prison.
Paciello’s criminal lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told the Daily News that the film deal ”is complete news to me. I’m not convinced the story is accurate.” But Variety reports that the negotiations with DreamWorks have been going on for two months, structuring the deal to allow Paciello to serve alongside Casares as a consultant to the movie without violating Son of Sam laws that prohibit convicted criminals from profiting from their crimes. Meanwhile, Variety reports, Peirce has recently signed a deal with Warner Bros. to direct a biopic of a more notorious crime figure: 1930s gangster and bank robber John Dillinger.