Wahlberg, Berg Set for Drug Dealer Biopic

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  1. Hunter Rider Ronin

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    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=41067

    Source: Variety
    January 18, 2008


    Paramount has set Mark Wahlberg[​IMG] to star in and Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom) to direct an untitled film based on the life of international drug dealer Jon Roberts, whose rise and fall was chronicled in the documentary Cocaine Cowboys.

    According to Variety, Film 44's Berg and Sarah Aubrey will produce with Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, both of whom are executive producers of HBO's[​IMG] "Entourage." Roberts' rights are part of the package, and a writer will be set once the strike ends.

    After returning from Vietnam as a decorated soldier, Roberts headed to Miami in the late '70s and formed a relationship with the Medellin drug cartel, distributing cocaine worth billions of dollars. Wahlberg will play Roberts, who was turned in by a cohort and served a decade in jail for his crimes.
     
  2. Dark Donnie Kenny Powers is Back!

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    Sounds pretty cool....Wahlberg and Berg could be a real good combination.
     
  3. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    Medellin Gangster.
     
  4. Cinemaman Registered

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    I like the movie's idea, looks like another intersting crime biopic.

    I wish American Gangster was at lease 50% true (it was a really outstanging film, but after several researches had been made, it was proved that movie isn't actually based on the real events).
     
  5. Hunter Rider Ronin

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    http://www.latinoreview.com/news/leo-and-marky-mark-are-coke-heads-4026

    Leo and Marky Mark are coke heads


    Date: February 27, 2008

    By: George 'El Guapo' Roush
    Source: Page Six

    In the 'Can't have enough cocaine movies' dept. comes this news from Page Six:

    Mark Wahlberg will play the drug kingpin Jon Roberts in the remake of the 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys, which chronicles the story of the largest cocaine trafficker in Miami in the 1970s and 1980s, and he's persuaded Leonardo DiCaprio to play the supporting role.
    This would be the third film that the pair has been in together. Mark, 36, and Leo, 33, starred in 1995's The Basketball Diaries and most recently in 2006's The Departed.

    The untitled flick "will blow Blow out of the water," says a movie insider who added that Leo "is excited about the opportunity to play the airplane pilot who travels with Mark's character to obtain kilos of cocaine from Pablo Escobar."

    (Leo's camp denies that the actor has signed on for the film. "This is completely false," his rep tells PageSix.com.)

    My favorite part of this article is Page Six saying it's true and Leo's people telling Page Six it isn't. Let's work it out people!
     
  6. Sebastos le professionnel

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    Wahlberg and Dicaprio? Count me in.
     
  7. tzarinna Mamochka

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    Sounds good.
     
  8. Dark Donnie Kenny Powers is Back!

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    amazing cast....i'll keep updated on this
     
  9. fu manchu Registered

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    The title of this movie should be "American Gangster 2".
     
  10. Excel O-bama-ama-ama-ay-ay

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    No, American Gangster 3.

    American Gangster 2 aka PUBLIC ENEMIES starring Johnny Depp in Denzels role and Christian Bale in Crowes role with Michael Mann in Ridley Scotts role....starts shooting n 2 weeks.
     
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    ^ oh yeah, i forgot about that movie. didn't know about the shooting date, though.
     
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    I'm looking forward to Public Enemies a lot more, but this one sounds interesting too.

    Depp/Bale beats Wahlberg/Dicaprio :grin:
     
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    Inspired casting for DiCaprio. :applaud
     
  14. daywalker2007 Registered

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    since this is based on that documentary from 2006.

    they better ask Jan Hammer to score this movie.

    Its based in Miami, and Jan Hammer perfectly captured the sound of this era in his score for the documentary.

    Jan already got shafted once by not being asked to score Miami Vice.

    They better ask him to do this.
     
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    I am getting more and more excited about this movie! :up:
     
  16. Dark Donnie Kenny Powers is Back!

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    Wonder if this would effect the film?


     
  17. CrypticOne Poetic Violence

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    Sounds awesome. Sounds interesting.
     
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    I don't think so, Donnie. They're surely being released at completely different times, right?
     
  19. Dark Donnie Kenny Powers is Back!

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    Yeah I would assume. I mean this one is already in the works at least, the film hasn't even got off the ground.
     
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    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=47131

    Evan Wright Penning Cocaine Cowboys
    Source: The Hollywood Reporter
    July 24, 2008


    Gonzo journalist-screenwriter Evan Wright, who wrote the nonfiction book on which the HBO miniseries "Generation Kill" is based, has closed a deal to write the feature Cocaine Cowboys for Paramount.

    Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg have been attached to star in and direct, respectively, the story of Jon Roberts, an injured Vietnam vet by age 20 who ended up involved in gangland takeovers of New York City nightclubs in the early '70s (his uncle was the consigliere to Carlo Gambino). By the end of the decade, Roberts landed in Miami, dealt billions of dollars worth of coke for the Medellin drug cartel and ultimately spent 10 years in prison.

    Billy Corben's popular documentary of the same name, released by Magnolia in 2006, covered a slice of Roberts' history.

    Berg and Film 44 cohort Sarah Aubrey are producing with Wahlberg and "Entourage" executive producer Stephen Levinson.
     

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