The Weinstein Company will co-finance and distribute domestically IM Global and Antoine Fuqua’s The Man Who Made It Snow starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Deadline first broke the news of the project in November.

Produced by Fuqua Films, IM Global, and Gyllenhaal, the picture is the first film from Fuqua Film’s overall relationship with the leading independent film and TV financing, sales and distribution studio, and will start lensing later this year.

Snow is a biopic of notorious 80’s cocaine smuggler Max Mermelstein, who at the time was the only American alive ever admitted to the inner circle of the Colombian cocaine cartel.  The screenplay by Tabor and Michael Kingston is based on the now deceased Mermelstein’s best-selling autobiography of the same title.

The deal brings TWC back into business with Gyllenhaal and Fuqua following on from their current collaboration on boxing drama Southpawwhich stars Gyllenhaal as a boxer who fights his way to the top of his profession only to find his life falling apart around him.  TWC is releasing the film domestically.

The deal between TWC and IM Global was negotiated David Glasser and Michal Steinberg for TWC and by IM Global CEO Ford and General Counsel Deborah Zipser on behalf of IM Global.  CAA brokered the deal on behalf of Fuqua Films and IM Global.