The plot is based on the true story of Max Mermelstein (Jake Gyllenhaal), a Jewish hotel engineer who transformed Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel from a small drug operation to a billion-dollar business. Mermelstein eventually became a government informant and entered the Witness Protection Program.
Brett Tabor and Michael Kingston are writing the script, based on Max Mermelstein's 1990 autobiography of the same name. Brett Tabor actually acquired the rights to the book several years ago, and was able to meet him just four weeks before he died of cancer in 2008. Brett Tabor actually gave a eulogy at his funeral.
Jake Gyllenhaal is also producing alongside Antoine Fuqua, Brett Tabor and IM Global's Matt Jackson. The project will be the first under IM Global and Fuqua Films' first-look deal that was signed in September. Production will begin late next year, with IM Global handling international sales at the American Film Market this week.