Peter Berg to Direct Cartel Thriller THE HUNT FOR EL CHAPO; LET’S BE COPS Helmer Tackling Sci-Fi with SLINGSHOT

     November 18, 2014

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Filmmaker Peter Berg has found an interesting piece of material that may be well suited to his talents as a director.  THR reports that the Lone Survivor and The Rundown director is attached to helm and produce the global thriller The Hunt for El Chapo for Universal Pictures, which is based on a New Yorker article (read it here) about the capture of drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman.  The project has Dallas Buyers Club co-writer Craig Borten set to pen the screenplay.  Guzman was imprisoned in the early 1990s, escaped, and then ran the Sinaloa cartel while on the lam.  He was captured in February of this year during an operation that involved the Mexican Navy, the DEA, and the U.S. Marshals.

Berg has been doing some fine work in television since Lone Survivor, helming the pilot and subsequent episodes of HBO’s The Leftovers as well as the Dwayne Johnson HBO pilot Ballers, but he recently signed on to helm Mark Wahlberg in the remake The Six Billion Dollar Man.  Hit the jump for news concerning Luke Greenfield turning his attention to the sci-fi genre.

Additionally, Deadline reports that Let’s Be Cops and The Girl Next Door director Luke Greenfield will direct the sci-fi film Slingshot for Gulfstream Pictures.  The logline for the film is under wraps, but Greenfield will develop, produce, and direct the picture, which is described as Amblin-esque.  The filmmaker conceived of the story with screenwriter Trevor Sands (Resurrection).

“Amblin-esqe” films have been all the rage for a few years now, but Greenfield has a bit of clout to tackle a passion project after his comedy Let’s Be Cops hit worldwide gross of $122 million.  That’s incredibly impressive when you take into account that its stars—Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr.—aren’t incredibly well-known to general audiences, though the two do outstanding work weekly on the Fox sitcom New Girl.

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