Almost 3 years after we first reported actress/singer Jennifer Lopez had her sights set on bringing the life story of Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco to HBO (click here to read), the ‘Jenny from the Block’ beauty’s booked a better platform for the biopic: the big screen.
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.”
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.
Word has it Lopez is looking to make the film her directorial debut as well. Discussing her love for Blanco, the triple threat diva said:
“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.”
The aforementioned has yet to be confirmed, nor has the film’s start date for production or theatrical release date. Blanco’s story has gotten much attention over recent years, especially after Catherine Zeta-Jones portrayed her in the Lifetime movie ‘Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story.’
In related news, the drug queenpin’s son recently took to social media to celebrate news of the big screen production of his mother’s life: