Michael Bay’s initial foray into an action based true to life tale wasn’t 2016’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, as commonly noted. He actually began, with what now appears to be somewhat of a trend, with 2013’s Pain and Gain. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Anthony Mackie, the film centers on a rather serious crime, and is framed within a dark comedy narrative (the true story is actually pretty terrifying). It wasn’t necessarily a good film, but it hinted at Bay’s willingness to not blow things up via giant robots. The action movie auteur is hopping back on the true to life train, and will be taking on a coked-out kingpin. Per Variety:
Michael Bay is in talks to develop the film adaptation of “Hunting El Chapo” as Sony Pictures closes a deal for the rights to the book.
Written by Cole Merrell and Douglas Century, “Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of the American Lawman Who Captures the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord” follows the manhunt for the Mexican drug cartel leader. Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera — aka “El Chapo” — evaded capture for more than a decade before being caught and finally extradited to the U.S. last year.
A deal hasn’t been completed yet, but sources tell Variety that negotiations are under way for Bay to come on board, though it’s unknown if he would direct or just produce the project.
The book will be published in October. 3 Arts’ Will Rowbotham and Richard Abate are producing. 3 Arts repped the book.
Matt Milam is overseeing the film for Sony.
This is the second film in the works about the infamous drug lord, with Fox currently developing Don Winslow’s “The Cartel” with Ridley Scott attached to direct.
There’s no telling where Bay could take this. The idea of El Chapo could be played for laughs, but his cartel, like, murders people, so I’m guessing he’ll go for a darker tone. Regardless, this may not be the awards contender one would hope for. Just an appetizer before the main course of future El Chapo movies.