Michael Caleo (TV’s “The Sopranos,” “Rescue Me”) is set to write the crime drama “Volcano” for EuropaCorp reports Variety.
The story is set in the small Bahamian island of Norman’s Cay, which was turned into the fulcrum of cocaine smuggling and a hedonistic paradise by Carlos Lehder, the right-hand man of Medellin Cartel leader Pablo Escobar.
Lehder took over the island by force, payoffs and bribery and around 75% of the cocaine that came to the U.S. in the early 1980s was funneled through the island.
Eventually the U.S. government launched a full-scale assault on the island leading to Leher’s capture and Escobar’s death. Late CBS newsman Walter Cronkite played a crucial role in bringing down Lehder.
Luc Besson and Virginie Silla Besson will produce. Caleo also scripted “Normandy” for EuropaCorp and “Gang Leader for a Day” for Craig Brewer to direct.