Carnahan and Fuqua Compete in Pablo Escobar Biopic Faceoff

Killing Pablo and Escobar racing to the screen.

by | October 9, 2007 | Comments

Nearly 15 years after his death, the life story of Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar is a hot Hollywood property — hot enough, in fact, to inspire dueling biopics.

Last week, we reported on the Yari Group’s fast-tracking of Killing Pablo, the Escobar film based on Mark Bowden‘s book Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw — and on a blog post from Killing Pablo‘s director, Joe Carnahan, who had some unkind words about the script for a competing film, titled simply Escobar.

The IMDB lists Andrzej Bartkowiak as Escobar‘s director, but this is inaccurate; according to a report published by Variety yesterday, the film is being directed by Antoine Fuqua and produced by Oliver Stone, Justin Berfield, and Jason Felts. (Variety describes the script as being rewritten by David McKenna.)

Escobar is based on Mi Hermano Pablo, the memoir written by Pablo’s brother/accountant, Roberto Escobar Gaviria — which might explain why Carnahan described the script as “hagiographic.” Berfield dismissed Carnahan’s outburst, telling Variety:

“Joe Carnahan’s notion of us poaching his territory and rushing for a pre-strike start is false. We’ve been working with Robert and a half-dozen consultants for a year and a half to tell an accurate story.”

Escobar Gaviria drew a further distinction between the two films, saying:

“My brother will be portrayed as a ruthless head of the Medellin cartel…this is just 10% of the story. The other 90% is the story others trying to portray him simply don’t have.”

As the Variety article goes on to point out, when biopics go head-to-head, timing tends to be everything — and with Carnahan tied up directing a George Clooney-led adaptation of James Ellroy‘s White Jazz, it looks like Killing Pablo could very well reach screens after Escobar. Start placing your bets now.

Source: Variety

Tag Cloud

RT History NYCC 007 justice league historical drama NBC Lionsgate Amazon travel Set visit SundanceTV Nominations cats TCA 2017 Countdown Holidays transformers discovery VICE serial killer BET GoT FOX 2016 DirecTV CMT comiccon Universal Winter TV Western Marvel singing competition Comedy Central PBS Warner Bros. OWN technology Music cinemax Fantasy ratings BBC Year in Review TruTV USA Logo Thanksgiving Ghostbusters VH1 Extras spy thriller Best and Worst sitcom Dark Horse Comics Disney Channel Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt vampires FXX Sneak Peek Superheroes DC Universe harry potter Photos social media TV Land Starz Mystery Writers Guild of America CBS Mindy Kaling crime thriller E! Reality Showtime dceu Grammys Mary Tyler Moore Christmas Watching Series El Rey Lifetime YA Disney Star Trek based on movie 2017 USA Network Nat Geo ESPN The Arrangement Rocky Tumblr ABC Family Trailer Teen Syfy HBO supernatural Crackle Red Carpet medical drama dramedy Polls and Games Bravo CBS All Access Comic Book Cartoon Network Infographic political drama MTV Star Wars Sci-Fi aliens talk show sports Biopics BBC America golden globes Toys CNN Emmys Martial Arts Valentine's Day Comedy Fox News American Society of Cinematographers ITV X-Men biography romance Rom-Com E3 Winners LGBTQ Food Network Podcast Opinion dc Nickelodeon Oscars TV MSNBC TBS Super Bowl Musical composers cops crime Reality Competition Adult Swim Pop Creative Arts Emmys Esquire crime drama thriller Animation GIFs Action Tomatazos FX Awards Sundance Spring TV Spike A&E Hulu Pirates 2015 TNT See It Skip It Rock GLAAD Paramount Calendar President binge Video Games Cosplay Premiere Dates 45 Horror ABC politics DC Comics 21st Century Fox Country war Marathons SDCC IFC TIFF what to watch WGN History Drama APB cooking Election PaleyFest TLC Character Guide Interview First Look Summer 24 frames psycho Schedule AMC boxoffice Musicals police drama diversity Kids & Family TCM Ellie Kemper Netflix adventure docudrama Trivia TCA The CW Freeform Box Office zombie Masterpiece period drama Certified Fresh Fall TV science fiction