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Ridley Scott to direct The Cartel; Leonardo DiCaprio being courted to star

07.23.2015

Per THR, after Fox grabbed the screen rights for Don Winslow's "The Cartel", the studio also scooped up Ridley Scott to direct and produce the film adaptation which has been inspired by the real-life drug lord known as El Chapo. If that name sounds familiar to you, congratulations, you've been watching the news. Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped from prison (for the second time) earlier this month in a daring tunnel escape fit for a Hollywood blockbuster.

Deadline reports that Ridley Scott and the studio are currently courting Leonardo DiCaprio to star in the film as Art Keller, a DEA agent who engages in a decades long feud with Adán Barrera, a drug lord who Keller put away but has recently escaped from prison.

A book synopsis of "The Cartel" via Amazon:

It’s 2004. DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for thirty years in a blood feud against Adán Barrera, the head of El Federación, the world’s most powerful cartel, and the man who brutally murdered Keller’s partner. Finally putting Barrera away cost Keller dearly—the woman he loves, the beliefs he cherishes, the life he wants to lead.

Then Barrera gets out, determined to rebuild the empire that Keller shattered. Unwilling to live in a world with Barrera in it, Keller goes on a ten-year odyssey to take him down. His obsession with justice—or is it revenge?—becomes a ruthless struggle that stretches from the cities, mountains, and deserts of Mexico to Washington’s corridors of power to the streets of Berlin and Barcelona. Keller fights his personal battle against the devastated backdrop of Mexico’s drug war, a conflict of unprecedented scale and viciousness, as cartels vie for power and he comes to the final reckoning with Barrera—and himself—that he always knew must happen.

A prequel novel, "The Power of the Dog", was also scooped up by Fox. Shane Salerno (SAVAGES) is currently working on the script but as Ridley Scott has several projects already lined up, it's currently unclear whether THE CARTEL will be Ridley Scott's next film. Scott's latest film, THE MARTIAN starring Matt Damon, is set for a October 2, 2015 release.

Source: DeadlineTHR

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3:21PM on 07/24/2015

He won't do it

Leo won't sign on, not that the material isnt great but he's going to another level with his film choices, really hope he ends up doing the H.H HOLMES serial killer movie.
Leo won't sign on, not that the material isnt great but he's going to another level with his film choices, really hope he ends up doing the H.H HOLMES serial killer movie.
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11:19AM on 07/25/2015
Haven't heard about that one in YEARS. I know he's got the Olympic bombing movie with Jonah Hill.
Haven't heard about that one in YEARS. I know he's got the Olympic bombing movie with Jonah Hill.
12:44PM on 07/24/2015

Where's the Prometheus sequel?

Scott, you're not getting any younger, and I understand your desire to make a movie every year, but stop picking up projects that will likely be forgotten a week later and make as many memorable films as possible. The Martian looks great, but don't regress to your "Body of Lies" and "The Counselor" days.
Scott, you're not getting any younger, and I understand your desire to make a movie every year, but stop picking up projects that will likely be forgotten a week later and make as many memorable films as possible. The Martian looks great, but don't regress to your "Body of Lies" and "The Counselor" days.
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3:39PM on 07/24/2015
Body of Lies is a solid little flick. You can't expect the man to make nothing but instant classics. Now, if you'd named Exodus instead, I would've thumbed up and moved on.
Body of Lies is a solid little flick. You can't expect the man to make nothing but instant classics. Now, if you'd named Exodus instead, I would've thumbed up and moved on.
3:39PM on 07/24/2015
Body of Lies is a solid little flick. You can't expect the man to make nothing but instant classics. Now, if you'd named Exodus instead, I would've thumbed up and moved on.
Body of Lies is a solid little flick. You can't expect the man to make nothing but instant classics. Now, if you'd named Exodus instead, I would've thumbed up and moved on.
11:26AM on 07/25/2015
I understand Body of Lies isn't as epic as what we normally associate with Scott, but I yeah, not a bad film. If there is to be a Prometheus sequel at all, I agree, he needs to jump on it, but I'd befine with Ridley Scott taking on some less epic films, too. Heck, Thelma & Louise is still arguably my favorite of his.
I understand Body of Lies isn't as epic as what we normally associate with Scott, but I yeah, not a bad film. If there is to be a Prometheus sequel at all, I agree, he needs to jump on it, but I'd befine with Ridley Scott taking on some less epic films, too. Heck, Thelma & Louise is still arguably my favorite of his.
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2:04AM on 07/24/2015
Just reading "the cartel". Great book, would make a very good movie as well. "Power of the dog" however is epic and i wouldn´t call it a Prequel because it was released way before "the cartel".
Just reading "the cartel". Great book, would make a very good movie as well. "Power of the dog" however is epic and i wouldn´t call it a Prequel because it was released way before "the cartel".
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