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Andrea Berloff To Scribe ‘Cocaine Cowboys’

Written by on March 23, 2011 

World Trade Center screenwriter Andrea Berloff has been tapped to write the feature version of Cocaine Cowboys, Paramount’s narrative adaptation of the documentary by Square Grouper director Billy Corben. [THR]

Cocaine Cowboys is the true story of Jon Roberts, a wounded Vietnam vet who went on to be a cocaine kingpin in Miami in the 1970’s before becoming a government prisoner. The documentary chronicles the vast tapestry of the drugs, crime and vice that forever linked the words “coke” and “Miami.”

Berloff – who also has the NWA bio Straight Outta Compton in development – takes over the project from Generation Kill screenwriter Evan Wright, whose book on the subject (co-written with Roberts), American Desperado: My Life — From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset, will be published later this year.

Having written Oliver Stone‘s fairly tepid World Trade Center, let’s hope a little of Stone’s old-school lunacy seeps into her Cocaine Cowboys script. This project has the potential to be a crime epic on the real-life scale of GoodFellas, or maybe an updated version of Brian DePalma‘s  Stone-scripted Scarface. In the meantime, check out the TFS SXSW interview with director Billy Corben.

Have you seen the documentary Cocaine Cowboys? Do you think it will work as a narrative feature?




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