Or, well, Mark Wahlberg will play an American desperado, while Peter Berg will direct him in an adaptation of the non-fiction book “American Desperado” by Jon Roberts and Evan Wright. The project would re-team the boys, who recently adapted the Navy SEALs tale “Lone Survivor”, based on the book by Marcus Luttrell.
(By the way, I am dying to see the red carpet pics from “Lone Survivor” when the real-life Luttrell, who stands a monstrous 6’5″, stands next to Wahlberg, who is playing him and is a generous 5’8″.)
Written by Wright over a three-year span from interviews with Roberts, “American Desperado” tells the history of Roberts, “a New York City gangster running guns for the CIA and smuggling tons of cocaine and cash for the Medellín Cartel at the height of America’s War On Drugs during the 1980s.”
Sounds like a swell guy. Don’t think so? How about this:
Roberts’ friends and acquaintances included Jimi Hendrix, Richard Pryor, O.J. Simpson, Carlo Gambino, Meyer Lansky, and Manuel Noriega. He surrounded himself with beautiful women, shared his bed with a 200-pound cougar, and employed a 6’6” professional wrestler called ‘The Thing’ as his bodyguard.
Wow. Sounds a lot like Michael Bay’s “Pain and Gain” — one of those “so goofy you won’t believe it’s actually based on a true story”, stories.
Berg will direct the flick for Paramount Pictures, who hopes to have the film in production by early next year. William Monahan (“The Departed”) is currently writing the script.
Via : Deadline