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Ridley Scott to direct The Cartel

Sir Ridley Scott directs Body of Lies

Story by Jack Foley

RIDLEY Scott is to direct an adaptation of Don Winslow’s Mexican drug-war thriller The Cartel.

Published shortly before the infamous jailbreak of real-life cartel boss Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, the thriller is set during the narco-terror of the period 2004-10.

The story follows a DEA agent and a cartel operative as they try to take each other down.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott’s commitment to directing the film ensured that 20th Century Fox was able to acquire the rights to the book after a fierce bidding contest.

The distributor reportedly also has the rights to an earlier Winslow novel, The Power of the Dog, which features the same characters.

Among Fox’s rivals were Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company, which has led to further rumours that the actor may now be in the running to play the DEA agent. He has worked with Scott before on the thriller Body of Lies and has just completed shooting the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed western The Revenant.

Scott is currently completing the space-survival thriller The Martian, starring Matt Damon, and could commence work on the Cartel once that is completed.

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