Michael Bay In Talks to Produce Hunting El Chapo Movie

Posted 2017/03/29 0 0

Negotiations are under way for Bay to come on board, though it’s unknown if he would direct or just produce the project.


Whenever Michael Bay decides to outside of the Transformers universe, we’re always curious to see what grabs his attention. The next story he could tell is the that of the Mexican drug cartel leader, El Chapo. The filmmaker is in negotiations with Sony to produce a film about the infamous criminal, but it’s currently unknown whether he’ll occupy the director’s chair. If the deal goes through, this will put the film in direct competition with Fox's project based on the same events with Ridley Scott attached as a director.

Written by Cole Merrell and Douglas Century, “Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of the American Lawman Who Captures the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord” follows the manhunt for the Mexican drug cartel leader. Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, aka “El Chapo”, evaded capture for more than a decade before being caught and finally extradited to the U.S. last year.

The drug kingpin is facing 17 charges of drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping, and money laundering. Not long before he was captured, he sat down with actor Sean Penn for a disappointing Rolling Stone interview. The actress who helped make that interview happen, Kate del Castillo, was actually asked by El Chapo to tell make a movie about him, which she still wants to make happen. In short: there are a lot of weird details going on in this story.

This is the second film in the works about the infamous drug lord, with Fox currently developing Don Winslow’s “The Cartel” with Ridley Scott attached to direct.

“Hunting El Chapo” marks another based-on-true-events project for Bay, who tends to tackle such films in between his “Transformers” movies. He most recently directed the Benghazi drama “13 Hours.”

Bay is currently on post-production on “Transformers: The Last Knight,” which bows this summer.