Michele McPhee Goes Hollywood

1210606676It’s been a banner month for local authors and their Hollywood aspirations. Last week Ben Mezrich found out that two more of his books will be made into movies. Now, Boston Daily and Boston magazine contributor Michele McPhee is living the dream as well. Her 2002 book Mob Over Miami has been optioned.

“It’s been a long, arduous process,” McPhee told us. The rights to her account of Miami nightclub owner Chris Paciello’s fall from grace have almost been picked up in the past, but fell through at the last minute. Now we can expect to see the movie sometime in late 2009.

Alan Taylor, who’s worked on TV shows like The Sopranos and Sex and the City will direct the film. And McPhee told us (and the Globe) that big names like Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are interested in the project. The movie doesn’t have a screenwriter lined up yet, but McPhee will be a consultant.

In the meantime, she tells us that she’s finishing up her latest book, which is about the 2005 death of Shirley Reine. McPhee developed the idea from her feature in the February 2006 issue of Boston.

Congratulations, Michele. Don’t forget the ink-stained wretches in your past on your way to the big time.