Universal has tapped Lone Survivor‘s Peter Berg to direct the true story of the capture of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the notorious and seemingly uncatchable Sinaloa cartel leader known as El Chapo. Project is being scripted by Oscar-nominated writer Craig Borten, who is developing the tale with Berg based on Patrick Keefe’s May New Yorker article The Hunt for El Chapo.
Guzmán rose up through the ranks of the Mexican cartels in the 1970s and ’80s to head the powerful Sinaloa drug empire, making his riches on the tons of cocaine he moved from Colombia into the United States. He escaped from a maximum-security prison with the help of a vast network of associates and influence; in 2011 he was ranked the 10th-richest man in Mexico, valued at $1 billion. Guzmán finally was arrested in a federal operation earlier this year that was celebrated on Twitter by Mexico’s president.
Bergalso will produce for his Film 44 banner, with Keefe aboard as co-producer. UTA brokered the deal.