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Patrick Radden Keefe's New Yorker story "The Hunt for El Chapo" is a terrifying, bizarre, and occasionally funny look at modern drug trafficking. Delving into the lavish world of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, Keefe finds a quirky character pulling strings for a murderous bunch who love their Instagram. The DEA manhunt for Loera, that ended this past February, lasted a decade. The best kingpins can live a life of luxury and still avert paramilitary. Loera was the best of the best. Those are the types that get movies made about their lives. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Universal has picked up the rights to "El Chapo," for its "Lone Survivor" director Peter Berg to helm. After that gritty military war film earned more than franchise wannabe "Battleship," the studio is in a position to let Berg do whatever the heck he wants. He’ll »
- Matt Patches
Hollywood sure loves making films based on the real life tales of America's "War on Drugs." Universal has greenlit another pic about the hunt for a notorious drug kingpin. This time, it'll be about Joaquín Guzmán Loera, who rose up the ranks to become the head of the Sinaloa cartel. They've hired Craig Borten, hot off his Academy Award nomination for last year's Dallas Buyers Club, to write the script- which will be based off of a Patrick Keefe article for the New Yorker.
The film will share that article's title, Hunt for El Chapo, and Universal has tapped Peter Berg to sit in the director's chair. Perg was recently in the news for another project, as the director is awfully busy lately. That other film I'm referring to is The Six Billion Dollar Man, which Berg will direct with Mark Wahlberg starring. The Lone Survivor director will likely bring violent grit to Guzmán's tale. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Everybody loves a good cinematic man-hunt, and that’s exactly what is on the cards now that Universal has acquired the rights to The Hunt For El Chapo – a New Yorker article written by Patrick Radden Keefe, and published in May 2014. The article looks at the capture of legendary Mexican drug cartel boss, Joaquin Guzman, and is being adapted for the screen by Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club), with Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Lone Survivor) now attached to produce and direct.
Joaquin Guzman led the Sinaloa Cartel, and consequently became the most powerful drug kingpin in 2003, when his closest rival was arrested. In 2011, he was named by Forbes Magazine as the 10th richest man in Mexico, and was listed among the most powerful people in the world, having established a drug empire with distribution cells across the Us. These dubious achievements are all the more shocking given that Guzman allegedly »
- Sarah Myles
Untitled Paul Robeson Biopic
"12 Years a Slave" and "Shame" director Steve McQueen is teaming with Harry Belafonte to produce a biopic about singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson. McQueen has reportedly been keen on doing the project for years but is only now able to do so.
The project is different from the biopic that Four Stars International has been developing in recent years which had David Harewood on board at one time to play Robeson. [Source: Variety]
The Hunt for El Chapo
"Lone Survivor" director Peter Berg to has been tapped to helm "The Hunt for El Chapo," the true story tale of the capture earlier this year of notorious Sinaloa cartel head Joaquin Guzman Loera (aka. El Chapo). Craig Borten is developing the script based on Patrick Keefe's New Yorker article from earlier this year.
El Chapo rose up through the ranks of the Mexican cartels in the 1970s »
- Garth Franklin
Filmmaker Peter Berg has found an interesting piece of material that may be well suited to his talents as a director. THR reports that the Lone Survivor and The Rundown director is attached to helm and produce the global thriller The Hunt for El Chapo for Universal Pictures, which is based on a New Yorker article (read it here) about the capture of drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman. The project has Dallas Buyers Club co-writer Craig Borten set to pen the screenplay. Guzman was imprisoned in the early 1990s, escaped, and then ran the Sinaloa cartel while on the lam. He was captured in February of this year during an operation that involved the Mexican Navy, the DEA, and the U.S. Marshals. Berg has been doing some fine work in television since Lone Survivor, helming the pilot and subsequent episodes of HBO’s The Leftovers as well as the Dwayne Johnson HBO pilot Ballers, »
- Adam Chitwood
Universal has tapped Lone Survivor‘s Peter Berg to direct the true story of the capture of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the notorious and seemingly uncatchable Sinaloa cartel leader known as El Chapo. Project is being scripted by Oscar-nominated writer Craig Borten, who is developing the tale with Berg based on Patrick Keefe’s May New Yorker article The Hunt for El Chapo.
Guzmán rose up through the ranks of the Mexican cartels in the 1970s and ’80s to head the powerful Sinaloa drug empire, making his riches on the tons of cocaine he moved from Colombia into the United States. He escaped from a maximum-security prison with the help of a vast network of associates and influence; in 2011 he was ranked the 10th-richest man in Mexico, valued at $1 billion. Guzmán finally was arrested in a federal operation earlier this year that was celebrated on Twitter by Mexico’s president.
- Jen Yamato
Universal has picked up the rights to The Hunt for El Chapo, a New Yorker article about the capture of notorious drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman. Peter Berg, the filmmaker who has shown an affinity for gritty worldwide-spanning action thrillers such as Lone Survivor and The Kingdom, is attached to direct and produce via his Film 44 production banner. Craig Borten, who was nominated for an Academy Award for writing The Dallas Buyers Club with Melisa Wallack, is on board to write the adaptation. Guzman was the head of the Sinaloa cartel and in the early 21st century became Mexico's
- Borys Kit
While one can understand why HBO Sports’ “State of Play” would kick off (as it were) with an hour featuring high-profile NFL stars adjusting to life after football, it’s the second episode of this Peter Berg produced-and-hosted series, about two paralyzed athletes, that sticks with you. Charged with exploring sports beyond the spotlight of the field, there’s a hit-miss quality to these second-season episodes, but the show remains noteworthy for its ambition and spare storytelling style, offering some much-needed, understated perspective to a world of hyperventilating sports coverage that invariably seems to be more interested in cranking up the volume.
Once again, each hour consists of a 35-minute documentary, followed by a round-table discussion, presided over by Berg, that’s related to the topic.
- Brian Lowry
No one’s is ever going to launch an Oscar campaign for Need for Speed, but there’s a case to be made for unpretentious, action-packed popcorn pleasures like the racing thriller. Aaron Paul gave a mesmerizing performance, the stunts were spectacular and, perhaps best of all, it proved that helmer Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) knows his way around a slick action vehicle. Now, Waugh is set to dive into the deep end for a much pricier venture – a $120 million sci-epic titled Inversion.
The script, from Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch) and David Arata (Spy Game), follows a young Chinese scientist and a street-smart American ex-patriate who team up and race against time to prevent a cataclysmic reversal of gravity, which would send entire cities and civilians falling into the sky to certain death.
It’s an exciting premise, and Waugh’s background as a stunt coordinator should »
- Isaac Feldberg
Mark Wahlberg has landed the lead role in 'The Six Billion Dollar Man'. The 43-year-old actor will appear on screen as former astronaut Steve Austin, who requires bionic repairs to his body after a suffering a near-fatal crash. The eagerly-awaited movie - based on the 1972 novel 'Cyborg' by Martin Caidinwill - sees the central character fitted with bionic legs, right arm and left eye, as he works to help the Us government. The novel also spawned TV series 'The Six Million Dollar Man' and popular spin-off 'The Bionic Woman'. Wahlberg, 43, is to reunite with 'Lone Survivor' director Peter Berg for the project, which he's also set to produce alongside Bob Weinstein, Deadline reports. Meanwhile, it was revealed recently that Wahlberg is to appear alongside Will Ferrell in 'Daddy's Home'. The duo starred in the 2010 comedy film 'The Other Guys' and they're to reunite for »
George Lucas Museum: Looking like it was inspired by Star Wars, the first concept art for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has sparked much discussion in Chicago, where the museum is expected to open in 2018. Created by an architecture firm in Beijing, China, the futuristic design rises to allow for four floors of exhibition space, with the main structure to be of a single piece of stone. [The Verge] The Six Billion Dollar Man: Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: Age of Extinction) is attached to star as The Six Billion Dollar Man for director Peter Berg. The duo previously teamed on the real-life war movie Lone Survivor; their new project is based on Cyborg, a 1972 novel by Martin Caidin, and the 1970s TV series that starred Lee Majors. The premise is that a former...
- Peter Martin
Just above is your first look at Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk, a brutally violent, character-driven story following a sheriff (Russell), a gunslinger, a befuddled oldster and a cowboy as they attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes. The film co-stars Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, David Arquette, Fred Melamed, Sean Young, Sid Haig and Michael Pare. Showtime will be joining HBO and CBS and launching a streaming-only service sometime in 2015. Yahoo David Chase says he's open to the idea of a prequel to "The Sopranos": "Even if I did it, it wouldn't be 'The Sopranos' that was on the air - obviously at least one person is gone that we would need. There are a couple of eras that would be interesting for me to talk about, about Newark, N.J. One would be (the) late '60s, early '70s, »
- Brad Brevet
Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg (Hancock), who worked together on the box office hit "Lone Survivor," are re-teaming for a big screen version of "The Six Million Dollar Man" TV series. The new movie will be called "The Six Billion Dollar Man," apparently factoring in inflation. The story focuses on a former astronaut Steve Austin who, after a horrific crash of an experimental plane, is saved by doctors when he is fitted with bionic replacements . both legs, his right arm and left eye. With super-human power, he becomes a force to be reckoned with for the government as a secret agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence. The plan is to begin filming late spring/early summer of next year. »
Back in July it was rumoured that Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: Age of Extinction) was being lined up for a role as Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man, and now Deadline has confirmed that Wahlberg has signed on to the project, who – due to inflation – will be going by the more impressive title of The Six Billion Dollar Man.
Based on the classic TV series starring Lee Majors, The Six Billion Dollar Man is being directed by Peter Berg, who of course worked with Wahlberg on last year’s Lone Survivor. The film will tell the story of “former astronaut Steve Austin who, after a horrific crash of an experimental plane, is saved by doctors when he is fitted with bionic replacements — both legs, his right arm and left eye. With super-human power, he becomes a force to be reckoned with for the government as a secret agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence. »
- Gary Collinson
The big screen take on The Six Million Dollar Man - which has been upgraded to The Six Billion Dollar Man - is pressing ahead, and it's now been revealed that Mark Wahlberg is set to take the title role.
Using the 1970s TV show as its inspiration, The Six Billion Dollar Man will see Wahlberg taking on the role of Steve Austin, a former astronaut who is seriously injured in a plane crash. Yet he's saved by doctors, who give him new bionic legs, a bionic arm, and a bionic eye. From there, he becomes an agent at the Office Of Scientific Intelligence.
The things you have to do to get a job.
Mark Wahlberg is set to re-team with Lone Survivor director Peter Berg for a big-screen adaptation of classic TV show, The Six Million Dollar Man. Deadline reports that Wahlberg will follow in the footsteps of original star Lee Majors in playing Steve Austin, a test pilot who is kitted out with bionic limbs and various implants in order to transform him into a super spy. You’ll notice that that the title of the film has been adjusted to The Six Billion Dollar Man, so expect Wahlberg to be even more technologically enhanced than his...
- George Wales
I just happened to be watching the Six Million Dollar Man yesterday and was thinking, "When are they going to remake this?" The answer is now. The adjusted for inflation Six Billion Dollar Man just got Mark Wahlberg as its title character with Peter Berg directing. This seems like a good pairing of talent to material. Seeing a bionic Wahlberg could be a lot of fun.
The last film Wahlberg and Berg did together was Lone Survivor, which did well with critics and audiences. If you haven't seen the Peter Berg-directed commercial for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare I've attached it for you to watch.
Source: Deadline »
- Free Reyes
"The Six Million Dollar Man" isn't cool. You know what's cool? "The Six Billion Dollar Man." That's right, the '70s series adaptation is getting a title boost via inflation as the long-brewing project moves ahead with Peter Berg attached to direct his "Lone Survivor" star Mark Wahlberg. The story seems to be pretty much the same, centering on "former astronaut Steve Austin who, after a horrific crash of an experimental plane, is saved by doctors when he is fitted with bionic replacements—both legs, his right arm and left eye. With super-human power, he becomes a force to be reckoned with for the government as a secret agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence." Production begins next year for a 2016 release. [Deadline] Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Stephen Amell, and Elijah Kelly are fine with "Whatever Makes You Happy." Cindy Chupack will direct the film about “about two suburban mothers who decide to visit their. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hollywood has been trying to turn the popular ’70s TV show The Six Million Dollar Man into a feature film for decades. It’s taken so long, inflation has ballooned the idea of a six million dollar man into a six billion dollar man. And now, the team behind Lone Survivor is stepping up to the plate […]
- Germain Lussier
Mark Wahlberg is teaming up once more with his Lone Survivor director Peter Berg for a big screen remake of a classic 70s TV show. A modern update on The Six Million Dollar Man, the series which starred Lee Majors as former astronaut Steve Austin, this time around the stakes are being raised. And by stakes, we mean it’s now landed a flashier, Tony Stark-esque new title – The Six Billion Dollar Man.
The original, for those unfamiliar with it, depicted the life of Austin after he suffers a near-fatal plane crash, and subsequently is fitted with a full order of bionic limbs and told to go and do secret agent-y stuff for the government.
The Weinstein Company subsidiary Dimension Films are handling the adaptation, and are aiming to commence shooting next year in time for a 2016 release. This will liven up Wahlberg’s already-packed slate. He’s re-teaming with »
- Gem Seddon
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