Berlin: Radius-TWC Nabs Pablo Escobar Film 'Paradise Lost' for North America

9:03 AM PST 02/11/2014 by Rebecca Ford
Benicio Del Toro

Benicio Del Toro stars as the Colombian drug lord while Josh Hutcherson plays a young man who is pulled into the family.

Berlin -- RADiUS-TWC has nabbed North American distribution rights to Paradise Lost, the drama starring Benicio Del Toro as the famous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, from Pathe.

RADiUS-TWC is planning for a 2014 release for the film, which is Andrea Di Stefano's feature directorial debut.

The pic also stars Josh Hutcherson as a young man who finds himself pulled into the family business after marrying Escobar's niece. Brady Corbet and newcomer Claudia Traisac also star.

The film was produced by Dimitri Rassam and co-produced by Romain Le Grand on behalf of Pathe and Frédérique Dumas on behalf of Orange Studio. Miguel Angel Faura from Roxbury (Spain) and uMedia (Belgium) also co-produced.

RADiUS-TWC co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego and TWC’s EVP, acquisitions Dan Guando negotiated the deal with Moritz Borman and Pathe and Orange Studio.

"We have been tracking this project for months and could not be more energized by Benicio’s outstanding performance and the star making turn by Claudia Traisac," said a statement from Quinn and Janego. "Di Stefano has delivered the goods and we feel privileged to be working alongside him on this fantastic film."

At the Berlin Film Festival, RADiUS-TWC has already picked up Danish werewolf pic When Animals Dream (Når Dyret Drømmer), and, along with Dimension, RADiUS-TWC made a preemptive move on Salma Hayek thriller Everly.

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