Upcoming Robert DeNiro mafia movie Wise guys has a new release date and a new title. I called now Alt KnightsThe film will be released on November 15, 2024. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Barry LevinsonThe director’s project will be pushed back several months from its original release date of February 2, 2024, until the start of the 2024 holiday season. It also has a new name; earlier Wise guysmovie now Alt Knights.

The new name comes from the Alto Knights Social Club, a club in New York’s Little Italy that was a frequent meeting place for the Mafia. The film will focus on the rivalry between New York mafia bosses. Frank Costello And Vito Genovese in the 1940s and 50s. In an unusual casting gambit, De Niro will play both warring gangsters in a dual role. Debra Messing And Catherine Narducci will play the wives of Costello and Genovese.

Who were Frank Costello and Vito Genovese?

Frank Costello and Vito Genovese were subordinates of the legendary New York gangster. Charlie “Lucky” Luciano. When Luciano was sent to prison, Genovese ran the syndicate in his stead – only to flee to Italy to avoid prosecution, leaving Costello to take control. Genovese eventually returned and the two men fought for years for control of the New York Mafia. Genovese eventually ordered Costello’s death in 1957; Costello escaped with a minor injury, but subsequently retired from organized crime, ceding control of the city to Genovese. However, Genovese’s victory was short-lived; in 1959 he was convicted of drug charges and sent to prison, where he died ten years later.

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Alt Knights will be released in theaters on November 15, 2024. Stay tuned to Collider and watch Collider’s interview with De Niro for more. About my father below.