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Antoine Fuqua to direct 'Escobar'

Oct. 9, 2007 at 5:51 PM

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- "Shooter" director Antoine Fuqua is set to helm "Escobar," one of two upcoming U.S. bio-pictures about notorious Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar.

Produced by Oliver Stone, the film is expected to be the first of the two rival Escobar movies to make it into production, Variety.com reported Tuesday.

"Escobar" is based on "Mi Hermano Pablo," a book written by Roberto Escobar Gaviria, who served as his brother's accountant and whose company, STL Holdings, committed the life and literary rights of the Escobar family, the trade paper said.

David McKenna, whose credits include "Blow" and "American History X," is working on a new draft of the script.

With its financing in place, the production is slated to begin early next year.

A second "Escobar" film, however, is also in the works.

Joe Carnahan plans to helm "Killing Pablo," an adaptation of Mark Bowden's book, but he has to wait until after he finishes directing "White Jazz" with George Clooney.

Javier Bardem and Christian Bale are attached to star in Carnahan's Escobar project.

A fictional Escobar project was also featured prominently in a story line on TV's "Entourage" this past season.

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