Hollywood has long wanted to tackle the life of legendary Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. In recent years, Oliver Stone led the effort with a biopic titled Escobar, while Joe Carnahan was attached to direct an adaptation of the Mark Bowden book Killing Pablo. Both those projects are now on hold, but yet another Escobar project is moving forward at Stone Village Pictures. Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) is in negotiations to direct the untitled feature from a script by Matt Aldrich (Cleaner). Scott Steindorf, who collaborated with Furman on The Lincoln Lawyer, will produce with his Stone Village teammates Dylan Russell and Scott LaStaiti.
Hit the jump for quotes from the filmmakers, including Steindorff’s claim, “This is the Latino Godfather.”
Here’s that full quote:
“This is the Latino Godfather. We’re showing the story of his family, the structure of his enterprise, his rise—the man had the largest criminal organization in the world. In the end, it was a war between Colombia and one man.”
This is the latest in the series of projects based in Latin America for Steindorff, Russell, and LaStaiti, following Turistas, Love in the Time of Cholera, and the recently announced Carnaval.
Furman explained his fascination with the man to THR:
“It’s been an elusive journey to bring his story to the screen but the key is to not look at the hoopla around him but focus on the man. He was intriguing in many ways. It’s a dark story but it’s also a human interest story. I’m most excited about working with the talented Vincent Chase!”
Glad he made that joke so I don’t have to… Oh, fine! Here: