Blockbuster duo consider drug drama
Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay, together again?
It may happen at HBO, on a Warner Bros. TV drama series project loosely based on the 2006 docu “Cocaine Cowboys.”
If a deal comes together, series would revolve around the drug trade in Miami in the 1980s. Instead of the flash of Crockett and Tubbs, skein would focus on the cutthroat world of drug dealers and the Colombian cocaine kingpins who set up shop in the once-sleepy Florida city. Bruckheimer and Bay, who collaborated on a string of blockbusters in the 1990s including “Bad Boys,” “The Rock” and “Armageddon,” would serve as exec producers.
Insiders caution that no deal has been finalized between HBO and Warners, though the Time Warner siblings have been in discussions on the project for some time. There is no writer attached.
Docu “Cocaine Cowboys,” directed by Billy Corben, made the film fest rounds a few years back and was distribbed domestically by Magnolia Pictures. Corben’s followup doc, “Cocaine Cowboys 2: Hustlin’ With the Godmother,” was acquired in February by Magnolia’s genre arm, Magnet.
The first “Cowboys” docu has already piqued Hollywood’s interest. Paramount is developing a feature about Jon Roberts, one of the drug lords profiled in the doc, with Mark Wahlberg attached to star and Peter Berg onboard to direct (Daily Variety, Jan. 18).
(Michael Schneider contributed to this report.)