〉 Thunder Road and Storied Media Group set to produce a film based on the New York Times article.
Thunder Road Pictures, the company behind John Wick and the upcoming Gods Of Egypt, have put into development their UNTITLED POT DEALER PROJECT based on the New York Times article “The Rise and Fall of the Biggest Pot Dealer in New York City History” by Alan Feuer.
Feuer’s article, which initially ran on September 5th, 2014, covers the remarkable story of Jimmy Cournoyer. Cournoyer is the French Canadian playboy who singlehandedly wove together a massive marijuana enterprise that began in the fields and factories of western Canada and crossed the U.S. border by riding snowmobiles through a Native American reservation. He eventually became the head of one of New York City’s most extensive pot dealing networks.
According to sources, the film is being described as in the vein of American Hustle, Goodfellas, and Wolf Of Wall Street.
“Even though marijuana is increasingly legalized and, unlike methamphetamine or heroin, rarely makes for sensational headlines,” Feuer’s piece states, “prosecutors argued in a sentencing memorandum that Mr. Cournoyer’s operation was a violent one and that it led to the enrichment of other criminal syndicates.”
Iwanyk saw his most recent production Sicario hit theaters this summer, starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin. Hoffman produced the new Amazon comedy pilot Highston starring Mary Lynn Rajskub, Chris Parnell, and Curtis Armstrong.
Producers are currently looking for the right scribe to adapt the screenplay.
Emily J | Staff Writer