Universal Disbands Josh Brolin’s “Cartel”

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment has cancelled its drug drama “Cartel” just five weeks before filming was scheduled to kick off reports Deadline New York.

In an official statement issued today, the company confirmed it had hoped to begin filming this spring in Mexico City but has ceased pre-production. The reasoning? “the studio and its producing partners did not feel it was creatively ready to move forward under the timetable and budget we had established. We thank all of the filmmakers, cast and crew for their work during pre-production.”

Had it gone ahead, Josh Brolin would’ve starred as a man who sets out to protect his son after his wife is brutally murdered in the gritty world of Mexican cartels. Asger Leth would’ve directed from a script by Peter Craig. Brian Grazer was producing.