New Regency has acquired Rusty Young and Thomas McFadden’s non-fiction book “Marching Powder” and will develop it as a star vehicle for “12 Years a Slave” star Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Ejiofor would play McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro prison. Young, an Australian journalist, heard about McFadden’s prison life while backpacking and he bribed the guards to allow him to share a cell with McFadden.
The two went on to chronicle life in the strange prison. Cells had to be bought like real estate, people would live with imprisoned family members, and cocaine laboratories were running within at night.