Every so often, there's a hot book or topic in Hollywood that everyone wants to adapt into a feature film. Such is the case with T.J. English's book, THE CORPORATION, which follows the exploits of a leader in the Cuban mafia.
There is no word on specific numbers, but according to THR, after an apparent bidding war, Paramount and Appian Way have officially won the rights to the book for seven figures. Set to star in the film is Oscar-winning Puerto Rican-American actor, Benicio del Toro.
Attached to adapt the book is David Matthews, who is a staff writer on HBO's series VINYL, and has also written on such shows as BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and LAW & ORDER: SVU.
THE CORPORATION has yet to be released, but in it, del Toro will play Jose Miguel Battle, Sr., who headed the Cuban mafia called The Corporation. THR describes the book as follows:
"Born in Havana, Battle and other Cubans were trained by the CIA to fight in the Bay of Pigs invasion, where Battle was captured and serve nearly two years in a Cuban prison. When he was released, he went back to the U.S. and began building a crime empire that dabbled in gambling, drug trafficking and murder."
As mentioned above, the book on which this film is based is written by writer/journalist T.J. English, who is well known for his hard-hitting, mob-related non-fiction books, including THE WESTIES, PADDY WHACKED, and WHERE THE BODIES WERE BURIED.
There is no release date set for THE CORPORATION yet.