After a long campaign to land the role of Pablo Escobar in a new film on the legendary drug lord, John Leguizamo's production is getting set to go before cameras. Variety is reporting that El Patron will be lensing in Puerto Rico next year. El Patron is the film's new title, and the movie also has a new production team. While it began its lifecycle at Relativity Media, the movie will now be made by Raging Bull Entertainment and Sunset Pictures.
Leguizamo famously fought for the role, after being rejected the first time around. He even submitted his own screen test, caked under makeup to make himself resemble the infamous kingpin, to get the film's producers to reconsider him.
The film, originally titled The Ballad of Pablo Escobar and then The King of Cocaine, was written by Matthew Aldrich. It will join a rather long list of films about Escobar, who was murdered in Colombia back in 1993- bringing an end to his prolific career as a drug trafficker.