'Zombieland' Director Tackling Tale of the 87-Year Old Drug Mule
The project is based on a New York Times Magazine article whose rights were just picked up by Imperative Entertainment
Imperative Entertainment — the production banner run by Bradley Thomas, Dan Friedkin and Zak Kadison — is partnering with director Ruben Fleischer to adapt New York Times Magazine article "The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule."
The shingle has acquired the rights to the article, written by Sam Dolnick, with Fleischer attached to direct.
See more Highly Paid Film Stars
Published in the June 15 issue, the story told of Leo Sharp, an award-winning horticulturist, renowned for his prized daylilies, who secretly worked for years as one of the most prolific drug couriers for the feared Mexico-based Sinaloa cartel. The catch? The man, who was 87 when he was arrested in 2011, was responsible for transporting hundreds upon hundreds of kilos of cocaine to Detroit-area dealers.
A search for a writer to adapt the material is currently underway.
Fleischer will produce along with The District Production’s David Bernad and Bungalow Media + Entertainment’s Todd Hoffman. Thomas, Friedkin and Kadison also are producing.
Robert Friedman and Dennis Kim of Bungalow will executive produce. Imperative’s executive vp Justin Levy and vp content Jillian Apfelbaum will act as co-producers.
Apfelbaum was a key player in the project, having brought it into Imperative. She is a new hire after leading creative at New York-based production company Ars Nova. Her previous credits include acting as a co-producer on the Blaxploitation comedy Black Dynamite.
Fleischer, repped by UTA and Sloane Offer, is the director behind Zombieland and The Gangster Squad. He is now in development on a sequel to Zombieland.