By Alexander WITT

HANNIBAL MEDIA - as SALES All rights, World

Action/Adventure - Pre-Production 2013

Pablo Escobar's political aspirations lead him into a full-fledged war against his own country and the United States.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 25 - 50 M$
    • Director(s)
    • Alexander WITT
    • Writer(s)
    • Cam CANNON
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • Pablo Escobar was a boy of modest means, the son of a school teacher and liquor bootlegger, who at an early age grew disillusioned with the men in charge of his country. Colombia at that time was ruled by land owners, who had the authority to seize property from poor people and claim it as their own. At the tender age of twelve, Pablo swore that if he wasn't a millionaire by age 22, he would kill himself.
      He begins to build his fortune by stealing cars and delivering contraband goods to the highest bidders. When his boss reports that many of his workers are stealing, Pablo offers to fix the problem for forty-percent of the operation’s earnings. He then turns around and offers the workers half his salary in exchange for their promise never to steal, imploring them to choose his silver over his lead. It’s not long before a worker slips up and is caught stealing, and Pablo makes good on his promise, killing the man and his partner in the street.
      Upon hearing about America's thirst for cocaine in hip clubs, Hollywood, and Wall Street, Pablo enters the violent world of drug trafficking. Building a team around him made up of specialists such as Carlos Ledher (an expert smuggler with contacts in America) and a French chemist named Charlot, Pablo builds an empire. It’s a family business, with his cousin Gustavo contributing muscle, and his brother Roberto keeping the books. Pablo is never less than two steps ahead of the Colombian National Police and the newly formed Drug Enforcement Agency.
      From paying dirt poor farmers to exclusively grow cocoa plants, to using Charlot’s skills to disguise cocaine shipments as dried fish, liquor, or wine, Pablo's Medellin Cartel is always looking to innovate their trade. With his inevitable rise comes bloodshed. Pablo demands loyalty, and he understands competition. But the risks of competing against him are huge. He always offers his enemies the same deal he offered the dock workers, silver or lead. Those who take him up on the offer are richly rewarded, while those who refuse meet a bloody death.
      As far as his wife Maria and his loving mom Hermilda know, Pablo's money comes from real estate.
      Unsatisfied with mere riches, Pablo seeks power. Political power. He sucessfully runs for Congress, only to be embarrassingly exposed as a drug trafficker. Pablo launches a full scale war against the government, killing the Minister of Justice and, later, a Presidential candidate.
      As the war escalates, Pablo loses touch with his greatest allies: the people. When he orders the bombing of a commercial jet, he finds himself up against the United States Government, who view his actions as a declaration of war.
      "Escobar" tells the true story of a man whose relentless reign lasted through six US Presidents. Beloved by his people for the way he protected them from a corrupt government, Pablo Escobar remains equally reviled by his enemies for his willingness to kill anyone who got in the way of his pursuit of power.