Brad Furman Has a Godfather-Esque Pablo Escobar Film in the Works

July 29, 2011
Source: THR

Brad Furman / Pablo Escobar

Will this one to make it to the screen? THR is reporting that another project about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is in the works, this time with Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman at the helm. The film doesn't have a title yet, but is being produced by Scott Steindorff (Lincoln Lawyer, Love in the Time of Cholera, Turistas) of Stone Village Pictures, with a script by Matt Aldrich. "This is the Latino Godfather," Steindorff reveals. "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."

Here's the thing - Escobar has been at the center of multiple projects that have developed, but never actually made it to the screen. Way back when there was a version with Javier Bardem and Christian Bale called Killing Pablo, which had Joe Carnahan attached to direct. Eventually another film popped up with Antoine Fuqua and Oliver Stone producing called Escobar; both of the projects purportedly had Edgar Ramirez attached to play Escobar. Neither came to fruition, so now we're on to the next iteration. Furman is coming off of some solid success with Lincoln Lawyer, maybe he can pull some weight and get this into production.

"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," says Furman tells THR. "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!" That was a joke about working with Adrian Grenier from "Entourage" as he was cast in a fictional project called Medellin. Steindorff explains that this version will apparently be a cross between The Godfather and a war movie, "capturing the complexity of the man while showing the violent lifestyle." Our best hope is to let them work and do their best to get the funding and everything else together so that it might actually shoot.

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Cheezy C on Jul 30, 2011


Oh man. I hoped Billy Walsh was directing. 

Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011


It would be a case of art imitating life if Adrian Grenier was cast as 'Pablo Escobar' 🙂

Spider on Jul 30, 2011


Johnny Drama must get a part in this

eru88 on Jul 30, 2011


Seems to me there is really nothing more to add after the documentary made by Escobar's son, "The Sins of my Father".

Cinema Nostalgia on Jul 31, 2011

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