Market July 26, 2016 Sold August 17, 2016
Producer Ridley Scott
Agent Ben Jacobson, Carolyn Sivitz, Emerson Davis (UTA)
Manager Josh Goldenberg, Lindsay Framson (Kaplan/Perrone)
Financier Scott Free
12-2-2016 -- Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) attached to direct.
Set in the 1970s, tells the true story of Darnell Garcia, a man who went from star DEA agent to drug trafficker in the worst corruption scandal in DEA history, moving 100s of millions in product and then being forced to flee for his life. Catch Me if You Can meets Scarface.
A disgruntled DEA agent goes rogue after he feels he's no longer appreciated by the organization, starting a corruption scandal to get rich and fill his unquenchable lust for ambition and success.
A Kung Fu champion obsessed with controlling his destiny seeks to make a name for himself in the Reagan-era DEA, but becomes mired in a major drugs scandal and has to go on the run, targeted by Nancy Reagan herself.
A martial artist turned DEA agent living in the 80s begins a slow descent into the criminal world of drug dealing, eventually becoming one of the most wanted men at the time.
Action, Thriller, Biopic, Period, Agent, Corruption, Dramedy, Film, Government, Organized Crime
Catch Me If You Can, Scarface, American Gangster, Narcos, Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Traffic
1980s/8 months with flashbacks to points within the past 16 years.
Los Angeles, New York, Switzerland, Milan, stash house, various mansions, various jets and cars, nightclubs, drug dens, karate schools, Miami, Brazil (favelas and Rio), DEA building, courtroom, interrogation room, various diners/cafes, White House, Paris.
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The year is 1988. NANCY REAGAN (?) decorates a Christmas tree at Camp David, as HOWARD BAKER (?), Reagan’s Chief of Staff, fills her in on details relating to a high-value fugitive. She wants his head.
In Zurich, this fugitive, DARNELL GARCIA (38), packs gold bars and passports into a duffle bag in a hotel room. DEA agents swarm the room, but Darnell ambushes them and escapes. As Darnell is on the run, he narrates his life’s accomplishments with various inserts: a karate champion, movie star, gold trader, and DEA golden boy. He claims he was only ever guilty of being himself.
We flashback to a year earlier, in the favelas of Rio. Darnell secretly tries to steal money from a Vermelho Cartel boss, JOÃO SOSA (?). Just as a firefight is about to break out upon his discovery, time goes in reverse, and we again flashback, this time to Los Angeles, 1971.
Darnell toils in an airplane factory, and notices when his coworkers and boss take up karate as a new fad. He is challenged by his boss and loses, but becomes enamored with karate. He goes to see CHUCK NORRIS (?) fight at a karate championship, and gets his autograph. The...