Fox 2000 and director Tony Scott are teaming on a feature about Don Aronow, the inventor of the cigarette boat, according to Variety.
Scott intends to direct the film from a script Michael A.M. Lerner is writing. Lerner is a former Newsweek correspondent who wrote and directed the independent feature Deadlines, based on his experiences covering war in Lebanon.
Aronow was a self-made millionaire businessman and powerboat racing's world champ for 10 straight years. His cigarette boat became a favorite of Colombian drug smugglers looking to import their product into Miami in the 1980s. Aronow got a $20 million contract to build boats for U.S. Customs agents to catch the smugglers. He was eventually gunned down in 1987 in a mob-style hit in Miami.