Relativity Media has acquired Piers Ashworth’s script for “Silver or Lead” which deals with the manhunt for cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar.
Enrique Urbizu (“No Rest for the Wicked”) will helm the project in which the focus is on the personal war between the Colombian drug lord and Brigadier-General Hugo Martinez.
Martinez was the commander of the Colombian police task force ‘Search Bloc’ which was setup to bring Escobar down, and ultimately succeeded.
Ashworth penned the script based on an original draft by Michael Kane, and Simon Strong’s book “Whitewash: Pablo Escobar and the Cocaine Wars”.
Mark Canton, Donald Kushner and Leigh Ann Burton will produce. This is not to be confused with other Escobar films in the works, such as the Benicio del Toro-led “Paradise Lost”.