Arturo Perez-Reverte's bestselling novel Queen of the South is getting dolled up for the big screen. According to Variety, Jonathan Jakubowicz will be directing this feminine take on the Scarface mythos.

Warner Independent owns the rights to the book, which follows the adventures of a Mexican woman who escapes to Spain after her narcotics transporting boyfriend is murdered. She, herself, becomes a feared drug dealer, and decides to avenge her boyfriend's death.

Producer Sergio Aguero stated, "It's unusual in that it reinvents the gangster movie with a female protagonist." The film is expected to go into production before the looming strike hits next June.

B. Alan Orange