A trio of independent producers are backing Pablo Escobar biopic “El Patron” with plans to shoot in Puerto Rico next year.
Joseph Khouri of Raging Bull Entertainment and Martin Guigui and Dahlia Waingort of Sunset Pictures said the Escobar movie is part of their partnership to develop and package 20 films for production.
Khouri told Variety that John Leguizamo remains attached to star in “El Patron,” which had been set up last year as “The King of Cocaine” at Relativity Media but is no longer at that studio.
Escobar was murdered in Colombia in 1993. Benicio Del Toro portrays the drug lord in “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” which debuted two months ago at the Telluride and Toronto festivals and will be released by TWC-Radius in January.
Khouri, Guigui and Waingort are developing “Hit Man,” the story of music magnate Joe Isgro; a Lucky Luciano biopic based on Bobby Moresco’s script and “The Stone Pony,” written by Guigui.
Khouri said the films will be packaged through the development funding entity Def-Con One Productions and its executives Di Barker and Steven Dhanjal.
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Additionally, California-based Thunder Studios and New York-based The Film House have committed to providing production resources and financing for select films.