Newly reconfigured Miracle Entertainment will pay close to seven figures for screen rights to the just-published Mark Bowden book “Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw,” which chronicles the hunt for Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
Gregory Nava is attached to direct and will produce with Antonio Banderas, who is set to play the Colombian police chief who brought down Escobar with the help of an elite U.S. special forces team.
Miracle president Jason Zelin will also produce with Nava and Darlene Caamano through his El Norte Prods. banner and Banderas with Diane Sillan Isaacs and Lourdes Diaz through his Green Moon Prods.
Finely Glaize, VP of development at Miracle, brought the project into the company and will oversee it alongside Zelin. Exec producers on the pic include Tony Cataldo, Gordon Steel and Patrick Aluise.
Bowden is the author of “Black Hawk Down,” the story of a botched U.S. raid on Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993 that’s being used as the basis for the movie of the same title now in production with Ridley Scott directing and Jerry Bruckheimer producing.
Like that deal, Bowden will write the first draft of “Killing Pablo.” His book was just published by Atlantic Monthly, with a $1 million paperback sale just made to Little Brown amid strong reviews.
The book, shopped by ICM, had several suitors, but the package came together at Miracle. Nava, whose series “American Family” was picked up by PBS, is collaborating with Banderas on “Zapata,” a Disney-based biopic of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata. He’s best known for helming “Selena.” ICM reps Nava with Gold-Miller; CAA reps Banderas.
Miracle Entertainment’s upcoming projects include “Shinobi,” which is in development, and “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” starring Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Love Hewitt, which is in post.