Australian director Julius Avery has found his newest project in THE KING OF LA, a crime drama based on an original spec from writer Chris Bremner. The project was recently picked up by Ridley Scott and his production banner Scott Free.
Based on a true story, the film traces the worst corruption scandal in DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) history, when Darnell Garcia suddenly went from star agent to trafficker. He moved hundreds of millions worth of product and was then forced to flee for his life. It’s a period piece, set in the early 1970s, in the vein of Catch Me if You Can meets Scarface.
Bremner is a relative newcomer, with his only previous credit as associate producer on last year’s comedy The Wedding Ringer. Landing on this year’s Young & Hungry List, he’s currently working on two other projects: Sick Day for Universal, starring Johnny Knoxville, and Blackfriars about the 1978 American Mafia massacre in Boston.
Avery’s biggest credit prior to this was last year’s well-received crime drama Son of a Gun starring Ewan McGregor and Alicia Vikander. Coming up he’ll be taking on the feature film Overlord for Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor