Get ready for more of Hollywood’s obsession with Mexican drug cartels and the country’s true “bad hombre” Sinaloa cartel chieftan Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman – currently residing in a U.S. prison. This time an acclaimed novel is coming to life featuring the fictionalized cartel boss, Adan Berrera whose life and times closely mirror El Chapo’s resume. And Berrera’s escape from a prison is much like El Chapo’s famous 2001 escape from Puente Grande Prison, near Guadalajara, in a laundry basket. Yet the Mexican prison escape is being filmed in a notorious prison in Malaga, Spain far from the preying eyes of Mexicans who won’t be happy about yet another portrayal of the drug trade.
Award-winning director Ridley Scott is planning on filming the movie adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel The Cartel in Spain. The book published in 2015 is often referred to as a “south-of-the-border” version of The Godfather. The book was also the beneficiary of Guzman’s real-life second prison escape in July, 2015 a month after the book was published. The novel-turned-movie covers in detail a decade of the U.S.-Mexico narco trade from 2004-to-2014.
Scott was spotted scouting locations throughout Spain for the film until finally settling on the old Malaga jail as the site of the infamous prison escape scene. The now shuttered Antigua Prision Provincial, according to local officials, will eventually become a massive arts and community center. The prison opened in 1933 and after the Spanish Civil War was home to many political prisoners until they were publicly executed in front of the jail.
Reports are Scott is looking for a Mexican pueblo in Spain and avoiding Mexico all together. Full-time filming for The Cartel is expected to start this summer.
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