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Zombieland director recruited for cop movie

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer will take the helm of the period cop movie “Gangster Squad,” as long as he can work out where to fit in a sequel to his hit zombie movie.

“Gangster” is based on a seven-part Los Angeles Times article written by Paul Lieberman centered on how in the 1940s, amid corruption and chaos, the LAPD created a unit called the Gangster Squad to keep the East Coast mafia out of the city.

Warner Bros. briefly flirted with Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) for the project, before meeting with Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”), Jose Padilha (“Elite Squad”) and Fleischer.

Going period and more dramatic, will be a new road for Fleischer, who hopped from the $24 million-budgeted contemporary undead action-comedy “Zombieland” to “30 Minutes or Less,” his upcoming action comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari.