Joe Carnahan has been blogging like a madman lately and his latest seems to say that with the recent departure of George Clooney White Jazz is going to be placed on the back burner and Killing Pablo will be thrust into the spotlight. The cool thing for Carnahan fans is that while White Jazz sounded like it was going to be fantastic thanks to what was being referred to as a great script and with Clooney in the lead, Pablo sounds just as enticing since it stars Christian Bale and Javier Bardem. However, it now looks like Bardem might not be available to play Pablo, but Carnahan may have a substitute there.Continue Reading
Some people dream of a house with a picket fence or floor seats for the Phoenix Suns. Producer Bob Yari dreams about Pablo Escobar. He’s been trying to get a film made about the dead drug lord for more than five years. Now, according to Variety, things are moving full speed ahead. Javier Bardem and Christian Bale could star next year in Killing Pablo, a title which sort of gives away the ending in my opinion.
Killing Pablo is scheduled to be directed by Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces and would feature Bardem as Escobar and Bale as Delta Forces Major Steve Jacoby, who led the U.S. military/CIA/DEA hunt for Escobar in 1992 and 1993. It is based on a book by Mark Bowden called “Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw.” Escobar was the head of the Medellin drug cartel in the 1980s, making him one of the richest men in the world.
Today it was announced by Variety that Yari Film Group is moving forward on Killing Pablo, a film that has been talked about forever with director Joe Carnahan attached to helm. The news comes as we learn that Javier Bardem and Christian Bale are set to star in the film about the late drug cartel leader Pablo Escobar.
Bardem is aboard to play Escobar with Bale on to play Major Steve Jacoby, the Delta Force commander who led the hunt for the man. Escobar’s rise as a leader of the drug cartel in Medellin, Colombia, began in the 1970s. After years of terrorizing police and political leaders, Escobar was targeted in 1992 by a coalition of Colombian police and military, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the CIA; he was killed the following year.
The big question here is whether or not Joe Carnahan will be directing since he has White Jazz on the horizon and has even said that he has started casting the flick.Continue Reading
The idea of Medellin on Entourage must have sparked some creativity in Hollywood. While we have encountered Pablo Escobar in films like Blow, the drug-traffic legend, if you can call him that, will be getting his own biopic and some talent to go with it.
Yari Film Group is fast-tracking Killing Pablo, a biopic on Pablo Escobar that will star Javier Bardem and Christian Bale.
This ‘fast-tracking’ has been long overdue, as it has been in development for nearly five years.
Based on Mark Bowden’s tome “Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw,” Killing Pablo will follow Escobar’s rise to power as the leader of the drug cartel in Medellin, Columbia. After years of terrorizing police and political leaders, Escobar was targeted in 1992 by a coalition of Colombian police and military, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the CIA; he was killed the following year.