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Indie banner buys ‘El Gringo’

Joel Silver to exec produce in the fall

Indie banner After Dark Films has bought Jonathan W. Stokes’ “El Gringo,” a Mexico-set action script.

After Dark plans to begin production this fall and is currently out to directors. Joel Silver will exec produce.

Story centers on a wounded American who plans to retire in Mexico with millions in cash.

Stokes wrote and directed 2009’s “The Last Hurrah,” a comedy about college graduate students at a house party on their last night together.

After Dark is producing Walter Hill’s upcoming action thriller with Sylvester Stallone as a New Orleans hitman who teams with a Gotham cop to take down the killers of their respective partners.

Stokes is repped by UTA and Energy Entertainment.

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