Paramount Pictures has set Mark Wahlberg to star in American Desperado, an adaptation of Jon Roberts and Evan Wright’s “American Desperado: My Life–From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset.”
Peter Berg will direct the film based on a script by William Monahan. The book is officially described as follows:
In 2008 veteran journalist Evan Wright, acclaimed for his New York Times bestselling book Generation Kill and co-writer of the Emmy-winning HBO series it spawned, began a series of conversations with super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the fabulously successful documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Those conversations would last three years, during which time Wright came to realize that Roberts was much more than the de-facto transportation chief of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s, much more than a facilitator of a national drug epidemic. As Wrights tape recorder whirred and Roberts unburdened himself of hundreds of jaw-dropping tales, it became clear that perhaps no one in history had broken so many laws with such willful abandon.
Roberts, in fact, seemed to be a prodigy of criminality but one with a remarkable self-awareness and a fierce desire to protect his son from following the same path.
American Desperado is Roberts no-holds-barred account of being born into Mafia royalty, witnessing his first murder at the age of seven, becoming a hunter-assassin in Vietnam, returning to New York to become — at age 22 — one of the citys leading nightclub impresarios, then journeying to Miami where in a few short years he would rise to become the Medellin Cartels most effective smuggler.
Wahlberg and Berg recently teamed up on the war drama Lone Survivor, which hits theaters on December 27.