Thunder Road and Storied Media are developing a movie based on the New York Times article “The Rise and Fall of the Biggest Pot Dealer in New York City History.”
Alan Feuer’s article, published last year, detailed the life of French-Canadian Jimmy Cournoyer, who created a massive marijuana enterprise that included staging plants in Montreal, border-crossing into the United States at an Indian reservation and a network of distributors in New York.
“Along the way, Mr. Cournoyer, a martial-arts enthusiast with a taste for fast cars, oversaw an unlikely ensemble of underlings, a company of criminals that came to include Native American smugglers, Hells Angels, Mexican money launderers, a clothier turned cocaine dealer in Southern California and a preppy, Polo-wearing Staten Island gangster,” Feuer wrote.
“The size and sophistication of his fallen empire were unprecedented, those who chased him say,” Feuer said. “Starting in the mid-2000s, Mr. Cournoyer managed the shipment of man-size bales of hydroponically grown pot across the border on motorboats and snowmobiles. Nearly $1 billion of his cash was laundered through the Sinaloa drug cartel or was ferried back to Canada in pickup trucks equipped with secret traps in their radios and gas tanks.”
The investigation began in 2007 when a disgruntled ex-girlfriend went to the feds. Cournoyer was sentenced in 2014 to 27 years in federal prison.
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Iwanyk’s credits include “Sicario,” “John Wick,” “The Town” and “Wrath of the Titans.” Storied Media’s clients currently include The New York Times, “60 Minutes,” McClatchy, The New Republic and New York Magazine. Its talent list includes “Breaking Bad” executive producer Vince Gilligan and “Nebraska” screenwriter Bob Nelson.
The news was first reported by The Tracking Board.