Ruben Fleischer set to Direct Story of 87 Year-Old Drug Mule

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

When you think of a man who is 87 years old you tend to think of grandfatherly types. Maybe an elderly gentleman sitting in a wheelchair with an afghan on his lap playing checkers. What you don’t expect is that 87 year old man to be muling massive amounts of cocaine. That premise is exactly what director Ruben Fleischer will be basing his next film on according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The New York Times Magazine article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule”, written by Sam Dolnick, was the inspiration for the upcoming project. The search for a screenwriter is currently ongoing.

The article tells the story of Leo Sharp, an award winning horticulturist. What many didn’t know about him was that he was one of the sneakiest drug mules for the feared Sinaloa Cartel. By the time Sharp was finally arrested in 2011 at the age of 87 it was estimated that he had brought over hundreds upon hundreds of kilos of cocaine to the Detroit area.

Fleischer, known for directing films such as Zombieland and Gangster Squad, will also produce the film.  His next directorial effort is believed to be the much anticipated sequel to Zombieland. He will possibly start up on the drug mule film after that.

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