Oscar nominee Alessandro Camon has been hired to adapt Russian mafia thriller VOR for Netflix.
The manuscript, written by Rimma Rose, was acquired by Netflix back in 2016, reports Deadline. It charts the rise of Russia’s most powerful mafia commander.
The title VOR means thief, and is given to mafia recruits in recognition of their leadership skills, smarts and ability. Rose grew up in Russia with her family in the 90s, seeing the rise of several VOR clans in Moscow as the government collapsed. That experience served as the basis of her manuscript, which is intended to start a trilogy, beginning with the tale of a young criminal whose prison battles with other young VOR attract the attention of his seniors, whom he will eventually replace.
Now, as the manuscript is about to be submitted to publishers, Netflix is readying its screen adaptation, hitting Camon to turn the text into a TV series. The writer, who was nominated for an Oscar for 2009’s The Messenger, is currently working on Black Lion for Stay Gold Features, with Andrew Garfield attached to star. VOR will be produced by Roy Lee and Vertigo Entertainment, alongside Brooklyn Weaver and Mike Tadross Jr.