Australian underworld figure Mick Gatto will be the focus of a new reality series being shot by American Toby Yoshimura.
Gatto, who was portrayed in the first season of Underbelly, has allowed the film crew into his life in order to shoot a “warts-and-all” series that will give insights into his private world.
“I’ve been doing this a long time and Mick is definitely Tony Soprano, I don’t know how else to describe the guy,” Yoshimura said.
“I’m scared out of my mind, intrigued, fascinated, and I want to give him a hug, all at the same time.”
In the series, Gatto will speak of the events portrayed in Underbelly including his acquittal in the case of murdered hitman Andrew “Benji” Veniamin and his relationship with the likes of Carl Williams.
“Mick Gatto is the last man standing. I have him talking about Carl Williams and all the boys,” Yoshimura said.
“It is the real story of the guy’s everyday life in his home behind that gigantic wall and house … it is a real-life Sopranos.
“The only thing off limits is his intimate family life.”
Gatto’s agent, Max Markson, said: “The success of Underbelly has been phenomenal and The Sopranos was so successful, so it should be a hit.
“Mick is a fascinating character, and people find him very interesting.
“It is pure speculation to what it will become. If it got off the table, great, but it is still in early development.”