The Marching Powder film, is a planned movie adaptation of a book of the same name by Rusty Young, which has been given the green light to be released as a film by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment, along with Periscope Entertainment and Crescendo Productions.
Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2, Swordfish, Oceans Eleven and Hotel Rwanda) has been earmarked as the imprisoned drug smuggler Thomas McFadden, as well as being the Producer for the film. Brazilian director Jose Padhila has been attached to write and direct the movie when it is eventually released.
The plot is based on the book of the same name (read our Marching Powder book review for more info), which follows McFadden’s bizarre incarceration in Bolivia’s “most notorious prison”, San Pedro, where the finest cocaine in Bolivia is produced, cells are a part of the property ladder and tours are available to passing backpackers as advertised in the Lonely Planet travel guide.
When Thomas is double crossed by a Police official in La Paz just as he is about to pull off a large drug run out of Bolivia he is sent to San Pedro to await a lengthy trial and appeal process. Documenting his brutal first tastes of prison life, right the way through to his move up the prison pecking order, and eventual tour guide status, Marching Powder is a great insight into a hole of a different world.
The book itself was written by Rusty Young when he visited McFadden in San Pedro towards the end of his prison sentence, having heard his story on traveller grape vine from his home in Australia.
According to the Marching Powder Facebook page neither Thomas McFadden or Rusty Young have creative control over the film. However, they are consultants for the production, so hopefully it will have some of the same humour, brutal realism and insight that the book had.
The screenplay for the film is currently being written, but little is known about when the film will be going into production, let alone getting its release date. More information on the Marching Powder film will be added as it becomes available, although, information has sort of dried up on the production. However, the hope is that it’s still on for a cinematic release in the not too distant future.
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