TMG Films to Begin Principal Photography on the Feature Film “King of Clubs”, a True Story of Chris Paciello. Mario Lopez to play Chris Paciello with Tom Sizemore.

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The long awaited film based on the story of Chris Paciello, has finally been announced and is slated for production in January 2005 in New York/ Miami Beach.

The long awaited film based on the story of Chris Paciello, has finally been announced and is slated for production in January 2005 in New York/ Miami Beach. With elements of Scarface, Miami Vice, The Sopranos, and Donnie Brasco, the 90 minute feature, “The King of Clubs” tells the true and unbiased story of Paciello, who made world headlines when he was arrested in 1999 in connection with the 1993 murder of a Staten Island, NY housewife.

Billed by The Village Voice as "the biggest scandal to hit South Beach since the 1997 murder of Gianni Versace," The New York-born Paciello was a well-known fixture of Miami’s nightclub and society crowds. In fact, Paciello, who co-owned Liquid, was credited with adding fire to South Beach's rising status as a major international hotspot. Paciello, who mixed it up with superstars like Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and supermodel Niki Taylor, was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Hollywood showed early interest in a story about Paciello. Paramount Pictures was working with producer Scott Rudin and director Kimberly Peirce, but all production was reportedly halted due to lawsuits and allegations of proceeds from the project going to Paciello, his family, and his former partners. “The King of Clubs” is now the only project ready for production.

Executive produced by South Floridian Paolo Sadri, (TMG Films), who has worked as a producer on the upcoming feature film “Goal” co-produced by Spike Lee and ”Box Marley” which is completed and ready for distribution. Screenplay written by Roy Carlo, “The King of Clubs” is based on three years of extensive research, including actual court transcripts. The story spans from Paciello’s early life as Christian Ludwigsen on the mean streets of the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island to his recreation as Chris Paciello in Miami. With financing already secured through an Italian company, filming is set to begin early 2005 and will be shot in some of the original locations in New York and Miami.

"There was a lot of interest in this film," says Sadri, "but there were also a number of challenges. And we are so glad to have weathered the storm and finally be able to bring this story to the big screen."

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