FX Networks has scored the screen rights to Don Winslow’s acclaimed Cartel Trilogy with plans to turn it into a major event TV series. The series will adapt Winslow’s 2005 novel “The Power of the Dog,” the 2015 sequel “The Cartel” and the just published trilogy capper “The Border”.
The sprawling book trilogy spans a 45 year period and follows a DEA agent named Art Keller through America’s long-running war on drugs – with a special focus on the blood feud between the DEA agent and Mexican drug kingpin Adan Berrera.
Winslow and Shane Salerno will serve as executive producers, and Salerno will co-write the pilot with a writer/showrunner to be set shortly by The Story Factory. Ridley Scott was developing a film adaptation of “The Cartel” in recent years with David Scarpa penning, that is no longer going forward as Scott is onboard this version.
The film was said to be abandoned because there is far too much story to fit into a two-hour film and so an edgy series by “Sons of Anarchy,” “Fargo” and “Justified” network FX was considered the best way to tell the whole sprawling story.
A screen adaptation of Winslow’s corrupt cop thriller “The Force” remains in the work at Fox with Scott Frank penning and James Mangold slated to direct. Winslow’s novel “Satori” is also still in development at Warners with Leonardo DiCaprio producing.