Tony Scott Sails Cigarette Boat

Fox 2000 and director Tony Scott are teaming on a feature about Don Aronow, the inventor of the cigarette boat reports Variety.

Aronow was a self-made millionaire businessman and powerboat racing’s world champ for 10 straight years. His cigarette boat became a favorite of Colombian drug smugglers looking to import their product into Miami in the 1980s.

Aronow got a $20 million contract to build boats for U.S. Customs agents to catch the smugglers. He was eventually gunned down in 1987 in a mob-style hit in Miami.

Based on a script Michael A.M. Lerner is penning, Scott intends to helm the film once he wraps work on the Denzel Washington-led remake of “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” for Sony Pictures.