Sunday, April 27, 2014

Yasiel, You On the Big Screen!

Puig is truly becoming Joe Hollywood... thanks to Brett Ratner. From Variety:

Brett Ratner has acquired movie rights to the story of Los Angeles Dodger Yasiel Puig’s escape from Cuba. Ratner acquired the feature rights through his RatPac Entertainment to Jesse Katz’ article, published in the May issue of Los Angeles Magazine. He will produce the project with Beau Flynn, who will produce through his FlynnPictureCo. banner.

Puig attempted to escape from Cuba several times before succeeding in 2012 with the help of smugglers working for the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel who took him to the Yucatan Peninsula. <“He was traveling with three companions: a boxer, a pinup girl, and a Santeria priest, the latter of whom blessed their expedition with a splash of rum and a sprinkle of chicken blood,” Katz wrote. The cartel then held him captive for three weeks after his backer allegedly did not pay the $250,000 that had been agreed to as the price for getting Puig out of Cuba.
Ratner directed the three “Rush Hour” movies, “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “Tower Heist.” He produced “Horrible Bosses,” “21″ and “Mirror Mirror.”

A great life story, directed/produced by a great filmmaking hack. (And I actually enjoyed that third X-Men, even if the Dark Phoenix saga deserved so much more.) SoSG got its hands on an early trailer of the film, showing Ratner's keen ability to convey human drama and transcendent action.


QuadSevens said...

I need that song as my ringtone!