Newswire: Ridley Scott is directing an adaptation of Don Winslow’s The Cartel

As reported by Variety, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Films has picked up the adaptation rights to Savages author Don Winslow’s latest novel, The Cartel. The book is about two childhood friends who grew apart when one joined the DEA and the other joined Mexico’s Sonora drug cartel, which is always hard on a friendship. Variety says the book’s plot involves a prison escape that is “similar” to the escape recently pulled off by Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, so that’ll probably be exciting for people who are in the mood to see Mexican drug lords escape from prison after hearing about Mexican drug lords escaping from prison on the news. Scott—who is currently wrapping up the Matt Damon sci-fi movie The Martian—will direct the adaptation of The Cartel from a script written by Shane Salerno, who co-wrote the Savages screenplay with …

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