Jake Gyllenhaal & Antoine Fuqua Reteam For Cocaine Pic ‘The Man Who Made It Snow’

By November 4, 2014
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There’s no denying Jake Gyllenhaal is on a hot streak right now: End of Watch, Prisoners, Enemy, and even Source Code were all solid movies, but his turn in Dan Gilroy’s excellent Nightcrawler may be the best work he’s done yet. Gyllenhaal will next play a boxer in a drama called Southpaw for director Antoine Fuqua (more on that here), and now Deadline reports that even though Southpaw is still in post-production, he and Fuqua are already laying plans to reteam for a new movie.

The film is called The Man Who Made It Snow, and while that title may make it sound like a kids film about a delightful weatherman, it’s actually a biopic of Max Mermelstein, the guy responsible for turning Pablo Escobar’s Colombian cocaine cartel into a dominant international operation. Because of the immense impact that particular cartel had on the drug culture of the 1980s in America, there have already been a lot of movies made about Escobar’s dealings (and a fake one on “Entourage” to boot), but none of them – at least that I can recall – have focused on Mermelstein, described as “just a nice Jewish guy who got into the wrong industry.” This guy knew his stuff: he was directly responsible for smuggling over $12 billion worth of drugs into the United States.

Antoine Fuqua directing

Brett Tabor and Michael Kingston wrote the screenplay and Fuqua, who is coming off the Denzel Washington starrer The Equalizer, is producing The Man Who Made It Snow with Gyllenhaal, but there’s no mention of whether or not he’ll direct the film. It sounds like these two have struck up a healthy partnership working on Southpaw, and this project sounds pretty solid, so hopefully their collaboration starts bearing some creatively ripe fruit in the future.

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