Art imitating life, imitating art….or something

This is being included for a few reasons. One, “Killing Pablo” was a good read, not as good some other work by Bowden (try “Guests of the Ayatollah“), but good. The actual reason is the Sacramento connection with our own Joe Carnahan signed on to write and direct. Lastly, I hope this turns out better than the ill-fated “Medellin” in Entourage.

Yari Film Group fast-tracking ‘Killing Pablo’

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 2, 2007
In an announcement seemingly inspired by an episode of HBO’s “Entourage,” the Yari Film Group has announced it is “fast-tracking” the biopic “Killing Pablo.”

The new film is based on journalist Mark Bowden’s 2001 best-selling book, “Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw.”

The main players are not finalized, but Spanish film star Javier Bardem (“Before Night Falls”) is expected to play the murderous Escobar, and Christian Bale is in talks to play the Delta Force commander who led the hunt for Escobar, an infamous drug trafficker.

Yari has been in talks with Benicio Del Toro to play Col. Hugo Martinez, the leading Colombian figure in the search for Escobar.

Joe Carnahan, of “Narc” acclaim and the box-office dud “Smokin’ Aces,” is directing and adapting the book. The “fast-track” aspect of the project, mentioned in a press release sent to entertainment news sites Tuesday, naturally deflects attention away from the fact that Bowden’s book came out six years ago and the film has been in development for nearly five years.

Rest of the article is here.

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