The story of a man who escaped from prison via a tunnel that was dug into his cell and equipped with a motorcycle is a story that pretty much begs to be turned into a film, and so it is that there’s apparently a movie in the works about Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. El Chapo — erstwhile head of the Sinoloa drug cartel — is currently the guest of a high security American penitentiary, having been recaptured in January last year after his storied escape from a Mexican jail in 2014. The film will be based on an upcoming book, snappily entitled Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of the American Lawman Who Captures the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord, by CIA agent Cole Merrell (a pseudonym, obviously) and Douglas Century, professional author of books about exciting boy’s own subjects like terrorism and law enforcement.
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It’s the second upcoming movie based on El Chapo; Ridley Scott is already scheduled to direct The Cartel, based on a fictional adaptation of Guzmán’s life. As per the Hollywood Reporter, the new film will be produced by 3 Arts Entertainment, and — god help us — Michael Bay is at the top of the studio’s directorial wishlist, which no doubt means that the film will be subtle, understated, in-depth, and absolutely not all about giant pyrotechnic-laden robots. There’s no word yet as to whether Sean Penn will be involved.