After the disaster that was the foreign born three named ambiguously aged A- list actress portraying a real life figure, the only thing worse could be the A list everything in her mind actress taking on the same role.
The only thing worse is her idea to direct it too.
Griselda Blanco Restrepo, known as La Madrina, the Black Widow, the Cocaine Godmother and the Queen of Narco-Trafficking, was a Colombian drug lord of the Medellín Cartel and a pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine drug trade and underworld during the 1980s, all the way to the early 2000s.
Jennifer Lopez Sets Up Drug Lord Pic ‘The Godmother’ At STX, With An Eye To Direct
STXfilms and Jennifer Lopez are reteaming for a third time after Second Act and the upcoming Hustlers. The latest is The Godmother, her project about real-life notorious Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco, aka “The Godmother.” Sources close to the project tell Deadline that Lopez is looking at The Godmother as her potential directorial debut, though she is not completely attached in that regard just yet.
Lopez will play Blanco. Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina, as well as Julie Yorn will produce from a screenplay by Regina Corrado (Deadwood: The Movie) and Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos). Winter, Alex Pettyfer, Alex Brown and Rick Yorn will executive produce.
The Godmother was originally set up at HBO three years ago but is now pushing forward on the big screen. Last year, Catherine Zeta-Jones portrayed Blanco in the Lifetime movie Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story.
The Lopez-fronted The Godmother follows the ups and downs of Blanco, who outsmarted and outhustled the men around her to rise from an impoverished childhood in Colombia to become one of the world’s biggest drug lords. She reportedly was worth more than $2 billion, and was a key figurehead in Miami’s bloody Cocaine Cowboy Wars.
“I’ve been forever fascinated by the story of Griselda Blanco and jumped at the chance to play her on screen,” said Lopez. “She is all things we look for in storytelling and dynamic characters – notorious, ambitious, conniving, chilling. In a genre dominated by legendary kingpins, I’m eager to shine a spotlight on this anti-hero and excited to partner with STX for the third time so we can bring this compelling, complicated story to life.” – Source
Lifetime’s ‘Cocaine Godmother’: Catherine Zeta-Jones On Her ‘Obsession’ with Griselda Blanco
The Academy Award/Tony Award-winning actress led a panel discussion about the film during the TCA winter press tour on Jan. 14, where she dished about playing the queen of all drug kingpins, Griselda Blanco.
“I have been wanting to play Griselda Blanco for over three years, in fact, since I first saw the documentary “Cocaine Cowboys,” which she’s not featured in physically, obviously, because she was deceased when that was in production,”Zeta-Jones explains. “But I found that these men, some of them still in jail, all talked about La Madrina, this woman, the godmother. And they feared her, and they revered her. And I was thinking, “My god, what do I know about this woman, this woman, in a very dark, dangerous, man’s world and who had so much power” she adds.
“When you find a story like this that has never been done…, I just went all out for it. It wasn’t until I sat down with Tanya Lopez at Lifetime A&E, and she said, “Are you still obsessed with Griselda Blanco?” And I went, “Yeah.” And she said, “I have a script.” And I went, “You are kidding me?” And it seemed like, the next minute, I was shooting it, and it turned out to be the best four weeks of my life.” – Source