〉 The thrilling true story of Larry Lavin is set for a film treatment.
A biopic based on Larry Lavin, the Ivy-League student that secretly built up a cocaine empire, titled DOCTOR DEALER is in the works with The Sean Daniel Company. Sean Daniel will produce the adaptation based on the bestselling novel Doctor Dealer: The Rise and Fall of an All-American Boy and His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire by Mark Bowden. Jason Brown will oversee development on the true-crime drama.
Bowden, the author of Black Hawk Down, was able to bring a unique spin to the true story by writing it in a narrative style that built up the tension and thrills of Lavin’s dark journey through the drug underworld. Lavin’s criminal exploits generated nearly $60 Million annually, which he used to support his middle-america family, with them remaining none the wiser about his secret double-life. The project comes on the heels of incredibly successful hit series like Breaking Bad and Weeds, which dealt with the themes of survival versus corruption and unsuspecting suburbanites turned criminal kingpins.
Daniel previously produced Universal’s Mummy trilogy, which starred Brendan Frazier, and the 2009 Joe Johnston-helmed horror The Wolfman. He also served as an exec. on the classic films Sixteen Candles and Coal Miner’s Daughter. Daniel currently serves as an executive producer on the SyFy series The Expanse, which stars Thomas Jane.
Lou Chase | Staff Writer