Jake Gyllenhaal wrapped director Antoine Fuqua’s boxing movie Southpaw earlier this year, but the two are already planning a follow-up project together. Deadline reports that Fuqua will direct Gyllenhaal in the cartel film The Man Who Made It Snow, based on the autobiography of Max Mermelstein, a Jewish hotel engineer who was responsible for transforming Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel into a billion-dollar enterprise. Gylllenhaal and Fuqua will both act as producers on the project as well, and the film will be financed by IM Global. Production is already scheduled to get underway late next year. More after the jump.
Per Deadline, The Man Who Made It Snow has a screenplay by Brent Tabor, and comes as both Fuqua and Gyllenhaal are decidedly in-demand quantities at the moment. Fuqua is coming off of helming Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer, both of which were box office successes, and Gyllenhaal has been doing some of the best work of his career in cerebral films like Nightcrawler, Enemy, and Prisoners.
I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a fan of Fuqua’s work, but I am definitely a fan of the kinds of projects that Gyllenhaal has been attracted to as of late, so I’m curious to see what becomes of his partnership with Fuqua on both Southpaw and The Man Who Made It Snow. Gyllenhaal also recently completed filming on director Baltasar Kormakur’s survival drama Everest, with Josh Brolin and Jason Clarke, and he’s currently shooting Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee’s new film Demolition with Naomi Watts.