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The film will be based off the nonfiction novel American Desperado: My Life As A Cocaine Cowboy, and Deadline describes the plot:
“[American Desperado] focuses on the criminal exploits of Jon Roberts, who made a fortune smuggling cocaine into the U.S. for the Medellin Cartel. After returning from Vietnam, Roberts headed to Miami and fell in with the Medellin drug cartel when it was moving billions of dollars of blow into the U.S. That led to excess and danger right out of the series Miami Vice, until he was caught by the DEA.”
Mark Whalberg is looking to star as Roberts. Peter Berg was originally attached to direct, though for now he’s just acting as producer.
Source: Deadline NY »
- Matt Granados
Cocaine Cowboys (based on Jon Roberts’ memoir American Desperado) is one of the projects that The Fighter director David O. Russell and star Mark Wahlberg were going to collaborate on, prior to their reported falling out over Bradley Cooper ‘replacing’ the latter in Silver Linings Playbook (which has racked up three Golden Globes nominations, as it were).
Wahlberg remains onboard a producer and (possible) star, with the project’s title having reverted to American Desperado (note: the documentary about Roberts is called Cocaine Cowboys). Peter Berg is co-producing through his Film 44 and has given thought to directing; that could still happen, since he and Wahlberg are fresh off making Lone Survivor together.
- Sandy Schaefer
1.) Amber Heard has joined Kevin Costner and Haliee Steinfeld in the McG-directed actioner Three Days to Kill. Scripted by Luc Besson (Taken, The Professional) and Adi Hasak, the film centers on a drying Secret Service agent (Costner) who decides to retire in order to reconnect with his daughter (Steinfeld). He takes an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for doing one last assignment, although the drug turns out to have some hallucinatory side effects. Heard will play the woman who makes him this offer. Variety 2.) The Departed screenwriter William Monahan has been called in by Paramount to do a re-write on the Mark Wahlberg vehicle American Desperado. The true crime story tells of Jon Roberts getting rich off smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Wahlberg has been developing the project since 2008, while Peter Berg was attached to direct at one point. Berg and Wahlberg just wrapped Lone Survivor, »
- Kevin Blumeyer
William Monahan, best known for writing the Academy Award-winning script for Martin Scorsese's The Departed, has found his next project. He has been selected as the latest writing to work on American Desperado, the long-gestating, Mark Wahlberg-produced adaptation of the book American Desperado: My Life As A Cocaine Cowboy by Evan Wright and Jon Roberts. Wright, who also wrote the book that the miniseries Generation Kill was based on, wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay, but Monahan will be going back to the book for his rewrite. Deadline says that the story follows the life of Roberts as he worked as a cocaine smuggler as part of the Medellin Cartel. In 2006 a documentary titled Cocaine Cowboys chronicled the same story and a miniseries is currently in development at HBO as well. In addition to Wahlberg, Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey of Film 44 as well as »
The story follows notorious '70s drug dealer Jon Roberts who moved from New York, where he was involved in gangland takeovers of the city's nightclubs, to Miami where he was set up with a powerful drug cartel.
The film will be based on the book "American Desperado: My Life As A Cocaine Cowboy" by Roberts and "Generation Kill" author Evan Wright. Wright penned the most recent draft of the script, while Monahan is expected to incorporate more of the book back into the script.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Paramount has set Oscar-winning The Departed scribe William Monahan to rewrite American Desperado, the film that is being shaped as a star vehicle for Mark Wahlberg. The film, based on the book American Desperado: My Life As A Cocaine Cowboy, focuses on the criminal exploits of Jon Roberts, who made a fortune smuggling cocaine into the U.S. for the Medellin Cartel. Roberts wrote the book with Generation Kill author Evan Wright, the latter of whom wrote the most recent draft of the script. Monahan will go back to the book for his script. Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson are producing with Film 44′s Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey. Leverage’s Michael Garnett has been overseeing the project. The exploits of Roberts and Mickey Munday were first chronicled in the 2006 Billy Corben documentary Cocaine Cowboys, which is in the process of being developed at HBO as a series that »
- MIKE FLEMING JR.
Since 2008, Mark Wahlberg has been developing an adaptation of American Desperado: My Life as a Cocaine Cowboy from authors Jon Roberts and Evan Wright. The story focuses on, "the criminal exploits of Jon Roberts, who made a fortune smuggling cocaine into the U.S. for the Medellin Cartel." Wahlberg will more than likely play the role of Roberts. The Departed's William Monahan is stepping in to rewrite the original draft of the script from Wright. Roberts and Wright last paired »
- Niki Stephens
With Contraband being released on Blu-ray, DVD and Ultraviolet on the 16th, we’ve decided to take a look at some other films that have given us the best insights into the slick underground world of international smugglers. Contraband explores the cutthroat world of smuggling as Mark Wahlberg plays a legendary ex- smuggler forced back into running contraband following his brother-in-law’s botched drug deal. Here are some of the most memorable smuggling films.
Al Pacino stars in the legendary movie as Tony Montana, known as Scarface to his enemies. He brought himself up from the Cuban slums to make it as the most feared drug dealer in America. Montana and his close friend, Manny Ray, build a strong drug smuggling empire in Miami.
Brokedown Palace (1999)
- Paul Heath
J-Lo is looking for a new drug.
There seems to be new movement on the long in-development drug drama, "Cocaine Cowboys," and the "American Idol" judge is apparently campaigning hard for one of the lead roles, according to IndieWire.
"Cocaine Cowboys," which is based on the 2006 documentary of the same name, centers on notorious '70s drug dealer Jon Roberts, who moved from New York, where he was involved in the gangland takeovers of nightclubs, to Miami, where he was set up with a powerful drug cartel. Leonardo DiCaprio and director Peter Berg were previously attached to the project, as was "The Fighter" director David O. Russell.
Mark Wahlberg, who's out and about doing press on "Contraband" but seemingly talking about everything but his new movie that opens on Friday, mentioned that "Cowboys" could begin shooting as early as this summer and that Lopez has her eye on the role of Grisela Blanco, »
- Bryan Enk
With "Contraband" hitting theaters this weekend, Mark Wahlberg is out doing the rounds with the press, and he's game for talking about anything. And to his credit, he's got a lot to talk about. The actor has a laundry list of projects in the works at any given moment. And one that has been moving in fits and starts for the past little while is "Cocaine Cowboys," but according to Wahlberg, it could be lensing as early as this summer and not only that, a pretty big name is already looking for a role. Based on Billy Corben's 2006 documentary of the same name, "Cocaine Cowboys" centers on notorious '70s drug dealer Jon Roberts who moved from New York, where he was involved in gangland takeovers of the city's nightclubs, to Miami where he was set up with a powerful drug cartel. 'Cowboys' was previously a project that Leonardo DiCaprio »
10 items from 2012
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