The life of drug lord Griselda Blanco is getting the cinematic treatment with HBO developing a film on the true story and Jennifer Lopez attached to star as Blanco. Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions and LBI Entertainment are behind the project.
The story centers on the rise and fall of Griselda Blanco, known as “The Cocaine Godmother” who revolutionized the U.S. drug trade during the 1970s and 1980s, and became the most powerful female cartel member of all time.
Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas executive produce for Nuyorican Productions, while Benny Medina, Julie Yorn, and Rick York executive produce for LBI Entertainment. Alex Pettyfer, Priscilla Porianda, and Patrick Walmsley will co-executive produce.
The project joins the ever-expanding list of films and television series set behind-the-scenes in the drug world. There is currently Narcos on Netflix and TNT premiered Queen Of The South earlier this summer, which centers on a fictional female drug lord, turning on the typical male-focused dramas on its head.
Lopez currently stars as a cop on NBC’s Shades Of Blue. Her company Nuyorican Productions also produced The Fosters on Freeform and the Universal feature The Boy Next Door, which Lopez starred in.
She is repped by CAA.