Greg “The Grim Reaper” Scarpa a former capo in the Colombo crime family and FBI informant could be played by Sylvester Stallone in upcoming movie. A screenplay about the life of the infamous mobster by Nick Pileggi who also wrote both Casino and Goodfellas is set to be made into a movie. It will cover the mafia life of Scarpa and the numerous murders he was involved in along with his career as a top echelon FBI informant. Pileggi called it a fabulous story and according to him Stallone is definitely interested in playing the part of Scarpa. It would be produced by Irwin Winkler of Rocky fame along with Avi Lener, who did The Expendables series.
He was a proven hard core mobster and rose through the ranks of the New York Mafia as part of the Colombo family becoming one of families more powerful capo’s. He ran a crew which included many members who themselves went on to be high ranking Colombo members. His was known for his violence and brutal ways which earned him the nickname “The Grim Reaper”. As the chief enforcer for former Colombo boss Carmine Persico he was responsible for at least three murders during the bloody Colombo family war in the early 1990’s.
Besides his life as a made man in the Colombo family Scarpa also led a very interesting life as an informant having had a hand in the famous “Mississippi Burning” case. J. Edgar Hover then the FBI director called upon Scarpa to help find the bodies of the missing civil rights workers down and bring the killers to justice. The Grim Reaper proved to be a good choice as he orchestrated the kidnapping of a member of the local Ku Klux Klan and tortured him for days. According to reports he pulled the Klan members finger nails out and pistol whipped him repeatedly before finally threatening to blow is brains out if he didn’t supply the information he needed.