The Yari Film Group is fast-tracking “Killing Pablo,” the long-gestating biopic about the late Pablo Escobar, with Javier Bardem and Christian Bale toplining reports Variety.
Bardem is slated to play Escobar, while Bale is in talks to play Major Steve Jacoby, the Delta Force commander who led the hunt for Escobar.
Escobar’s rise as a leader of the drug cartel in Medellin, Colombia, began in the 1970s. After years of terrorizing police and political leaders, Escobar was targeted in 1992 by a coalition of Colombian police and military, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the CIA; he was killed the following year.
Based on Mark Bowden’s tome, Joe Carnahan (“Narc,” “Smokin’ Aces”) remains attached to direct. Shooting could begin as early as next June, but if the strike goes forward production will wait until after the work stoppage.