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Ridley Scott may go back to the drug trade at some point in the future. The director explored some ugly inevitabilities of the drug trade in The Counselor, and now he is signed to make a film based on Don Winslow‘s recent novel The Cartel. The novel, which follows ten years’ worth of the diverging paths […]
- Russ Fischer
Ridley Scott is to direct an adaptation of Don Winslow’s Mexican drug-war thiller The Cartel, after the rights to the novel were acquired by 20th Century Fox after a fierce bidding contest, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The Cartel, which was published shortly before the infamous jailbreak of real-life cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, became the subject of considerable Hollywood interest after Guzmán’s escape made global news. It is set during the narco-terror of the period 2004-10, and follows a DEA agent and a cartel operative as they try to take each other down.
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- Andrew Pulver
I found myself at a bookstore the other day -- despite owning a Kindle, which feels a bit like a crime -- and saw a novel titled "The Cartel" dominating the shelf space. Cloaked in an orange dust jacket featuring a black bulletproof vest and white typeface, the book just looks good. I could have purchased it on the spot right then and there. The problem: I'm broke. So "The Cartel" is now on my wish list, but the good news is if I never quite get around to reading it, Don Winslow's novel is set to become a movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox purchased the rights for Winslow's new novel (as well as its 2005 precursor, "The Power of the Dog") after Ridley Scott committed to direct the project. Shane Salerno (Savages) is set to take on the script. amz asin="1101874996" size="small"What's more, »
- Jordan Benesh
The novel is said to be “a fictional take on the notorious Sinaloa drug boss whose daring July 18 escape from a Mexican prison dominated international news headlines.” Deadline are reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio is potentially looking at taking the lead in the planned production, which would reunite hime with Scott for the first time since Body Of Lies.
We’ve found a more detailed synopsis of the book via Amazon below.
From the internationally bestselling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping true-to-life epic, ripped from the headlines, of power, corruption, revenge and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican–American drug wars.
It’s 2004. DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting »
- Paul Heath
First up, a very happy 33rd to Elisabeth Moss, who's teaming up again with Jane Campion for a second season of Top of the Lake. More projects in the works: Pablo Larraín’s Neruda with Gael García Bernal; Ridley Scott's adaptation of Don Winslow's novel, The Cartel; Chad Hartigan's follow-up to This Is Martin Bonner, Morris From America; Richard Jenkins joins Woody Harrelson in Rob Reiner's Lbj; Angelina Jolie will adapt a memoir from Cambodian author and human-rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime and one of her co-producers will be Rithy Panh (The Missing Picture). And Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy is headed to Broadway. » - David Hudson »
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- Jack Giroux
Studios tend to be tight with cash for non-tentpole projects these days, which makes Fox's $6 million dollar spend on Don Winslow's drug thriller books "The Cartel" and "The Power Of The Dog," with Ridley Scott attached to helm the former, all the more surprising. With that kind of money laid out already, it's no wonder they are chasing a big star for the lead. Deadline reports that Fox is courting Leonardo DiCaprio for the flick. He's already starring in Fox's "The Revenant" due later this year, starred in Scott's "Body Of Lies" in 2008, and co-produced "Out Of The Furnace" with Scott in 2013. So, the relationships are there, and DiCaprio has made clear the importance of his working with top shelf filmmakers. “[I’m] very much director-driven,” the actor recently told Grantland. “I really believe that filmmaking is a director’s medium. And although the screenplay, the character, is important as well, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The novel, written by Don Winslow, offers “a fictional take on the notorious Sinaloa drug boss whose daring July 18 escape from a Mexican prison dominated international news headlines.” Scott will direct the film and also produce through his production company Scott Free Films. Shane Salerno (Armageddon) is set to write the scrip.
In addition to the news of Scott’s involvement, Deadline is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio may be in the running to take on the film’s lead role. No official word on any casting has been forthcoming, but if the deal is closed it would become DiCaprio’s second collaboration with Scott after Body of Lies.
- Scott J. Davis
20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to author Don Winslow's latest novel The Cartel for a movie adaptation which has Ridley Scott attached to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Deadline also reports that the studio is eyeing Leonardo DiCaprio to star. The studio also picked up the rights to Don Winslow's 2006 novel The Power of the Dog, which chronicles the start of a war between a DEA agent and a drug dealer that continues in The Cartel .
The Cartel has been receiving rave reviews since it was published in June, detailing the massive war waged between DEA agent Art Keller and Mexican drug cartel kingpin Adan Barrera. In the first novel, The Power of the Dog, Keller had befriended the up and coming drug dealer Barrera, before a feud between them begins, leading to Barrera brutally murdering Keller's partner. The Cartel takes place between the »
The studio outbid several rivals for film rights to Winslow’s recently published book.
Scott will direct from a Shane Salerno adaptation and produce through his Fox-based Scott Free Films along with the banner’s Michael Schaefer. Salerno will also produce through his Story Factory company.
Steve Asbell will oversee the project for Fox.
“The Cartel,” published last month, centers on two former friends whose paths diverged when one went to work for the Drug Enforcement Agency and the other joined the Sonora drug cartel. The book covers the decade between 2004 and 2014 and is a follow-up to his 2006 novel “The Power of the Dog.”
“The Cartel” includes an escape from prison that’s similar to Guzman »
- Dave McNary
In the last few years, Leonardo DiCaprio has had a mixed run playing law enforcement roles - as the amazingness of both Martin Scorsese's The Departed and Shutter Island are unfortunately counterbalanced by the snore-fest that is Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar. Of course, that doesn't mean his time wearing a badge is necessarily over, as new reports are suggesting that he could wind up taking the lead role as DEA agent Art Keller in a big screen adaptation of Don Winslow's recently-released novel The Cartel. Deadline broke the scoop on this one, reporting that 20th Century Fox won an auction for the book's screen rights - as well as the rights to the book that introduced Art Keller into fiction, The Power of the Dog. Ridley Scott is apparently committed to directing the high-priced adaptation, and Shane Salerno - who penned the last big screen Don Winslow film, »
Don Winslow’s crime novel The Cartel has benefitted from two very important boosts – one, it’s fantastic, a layered, gripping story that blends fact and fiction about a compelling subject, and two, the subject himself, drug cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped from prison again a few days ago. Hollywood has been quick to jump on the rights, with 20th Century Fox offering a rich deal that includes Ridley Scott attached to direct the eventual film. The book’s plot follows Art Keller and Adan Barrera, friends whose life paths diverged when the former started work with the DEA and the latter joined the Sonora drug cartel, and charts their linked experiences, through 2004-2014. It’s a follow-up to his 2006 tome The Power Of The Dog. And for this new book, Winslow researched El Chapo extensively for more than a decade, which makes it even more attractive to the filmmakers, »
Fueled by Ridley Scott’s commitment to direct, Fox won an auction for screen rights to The Cartel, the new Don Winslow drug epic that settles the score between DEA agent Art Keller and Mexican drug kingpin Adan Berrera, a battle that began with Winslow’s 2006 novel The Power of the Dog. The studio is already moving fast to capitalize on all the money it has spent, courting Leonardo DiCaprio to play the role of Keller, and this one looks promising. What other actor would… »
Word comes by way of The Hollywood Reporter, who state that Scott himself is attached to direct and indeed produce, while Savages‘ scribe Shane Salerno is on board to adapt the project for the screen. Charting the real-life escapades of a Mexican drug kingpin – which, incidentally, draws parallels to the recent real-life escape of El Chapo – The Cartel primarily revolves around Art Keller and Adan Berrera, long-time friends who wound up going their separate ways, with one joining the DEA as a narcotics specialist and the latter ruling the roost as the head of El Federación.
For Winslow, the fact that El Chapo – real name Joaquín Guzmán – escaped from a high-security prison on July 18 has inadvertently created a perfect »
- Michael Briers
The sprawling crime epic closes out the story that began in Winslow's 2006 novel "The Power of the Dog," with both books dealing with the futility of the drug war and the battle between DEA agent Art Keller and Mexican drug kingpin Adan Berrera.
In 'Dog', Keller befriends Berrera on his way up the ranks. In 'Cartel', Berrera escapes prison and a bloody feud breaks out. Leonardo DiCaprio is being courted to play the role of Keller.
Fox reportedly handed out a commitment of nearly $6 million for book rights and screenwriting fees to both 'Cartel' and 'Dog' with Shane Salerno penning the script.
- Garth Franklin
Excuse my cynicism if I'm not holding my breath for this project to actually pan out and happen. At least under Ridley Scott's watch. The filmmaker has a great habit of attaching himself to films with the optimistic outlook of directing, only for them to get stuck in development and/or left behind as he gets distracted by something else. Anyway, if the folks behind "The Cartel" want this to ride the headlines, they'll have to move fast. Read More: Watch Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, And More Go To Mars In The First Trailer For Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' "The Cartel" is the title of Don Winslow's latest novel, which tells a tale of a Mexican drug kingpin not unlike the notorious El Chapo (who the author heavily researched for his book), who is currently on the run after escaping from prison. Now it's headed »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Fox and Ridley Scott are teaming up to adapt The Cartel, Don Winslow's much-heralded novel that has parallels to the real-life escape of drug lord El Chapo. Scott will direct the movie and produce with his Scott Free Films president Michael Schaefer. Shane Salerno will write the script and also produce via his shingle, Story Factory. The movie deal went down Wednesday night after intense interest from the major studios and producers. Execs and observers had been eyeing the project not just for the ripped-from-the-headlines similarities but also for the acclaimed reviews of the book that
- Borys Kit, Andy Lewis
Have you read Don Winslow's remarkable open letter about the drug war? If so, then you've got some sense of the simmering anger that runs through his new novel, The Cartel, which is one of the most impressive books I've read this year. Dense, sweeping, and scathing in terms of pointing at all the systemic failures that keep a horrifying mechanism in place, The Cartel is worth your time, and it's worth a serious conversation, which is exactly what I had with him about a week before the book hit the shelves. He dialed me directly. I was at home, and as I hit record on the conversation, he was already mid-explanation about how long he's been working on telling this particular story, which arrives just as this conversation seems to be heating up onscreen (the documentary "Cartel Land") and in real life. Don Winslow: … when I started »
- Drew McWeeny
More than a decade after Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic” took on U.S. drug policy, popular culture is once again turning a jaundiced eye toward the government’s failed efforts to stanch the flow of narcotics.
On the bigscreen, the documentary “Cartel Land” and the thriller “Escobar: Paradise Lost” present parallel stories of vigilantism and criminality, all of it fueled by America’s insatiable appetite for marajuana, cocaine, heroin and other illicit pleasures.
In book stores, Don Winslow, the crack novelist behind “Savages,” is criss-crossing the porous border between Mexico and the U.S. to examine the intractable standoff between cops and drug barons in “The Cartel.” The picture that emerges in each of these works is of rampant lawlessness, shocking violence and dysfunctional policies that have done nothing to reduce illegal drug consumption.
“The war on drugs is a disaster,” Winslow told Variety. “For 45 years we’ve been doing »
- Brent Lang
Best-selling author and longtime chronicler of the U.S. war on drugs Don Winslow took out a full page ad in today’s Washington Post urging Congress to end that “unwinnable” war and begin legalization. Winslow’s open letter begins: “The only way to win the war on drugs is to stop fighting.” Winslow’s latest critically acclaimed book The Cartel was published last week as the so-called war on drugs enters its 45th year. The Cartel is the follow-up to his 2005 novel, The Power… »
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