Producer/Actor Will Smith attends the “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners” premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on Sept. 9, 2012 in Toronto
*Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment have two TV shows in development at different networks, reports Deadline.com.
HBO’s sister channel Cinemax has its hands on “Kingpin,” an hourlong drama from Black List writer Chad St. John (“Ronin”). It centers on a crafty and careful mid-level drug trafficker trying to get out of the business. He is blackmailed back into it by a dirty DEA agent — who’s really a dirty CIA agent, because the agency can no longer work with murderous cartels — who secretly plans to make the trafficker a puppet kingpin.
“Kingpin” is one of two drama projects St. John and Overbrook are collaborating on, along with “Watchlist,” which recently sold to Fox.
“Watchlist” is about two ex-clandestine Special Ops teammates who sacrifice their normal lives to come to the rescue of a third former teammate who is framed by a powerful CIA faction for a political assassination. A game of cat and mouse on the streets of Boston ensues as the trio takes on the technology and unlimited budget of the CIA.
*While former drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross is getting ready to use the law in his favor against rapper Rick Ross in a publicity rights case, he’s got some other big things going on.
Namely, he’s getting ready to release a biopic revealing his life story which is bound to rake in money and lots of attention.
Directed by Nick Cassavetes, the film is in the final stages of negotiations with “The Artist” casing agent Heidi Levitt.
“With all the Academy Awards stuff going on, she’s [Levitt] been busy, but she says she’s going to start working with us within 30 days,” Ross told The BoomBox of the respected casting agent’s inclusion in the project. “Right now it’s about 26 days. I’m counting every day.”
Ross explained that Jamie Foxx will be starring in the film and he plans to make this one a big hit in theaters and among film critics.
“Jamie Foxx called me two or three months ago and told me how much he loved the script, how much he loved the story, and the things I’m doing right now with my life,” Ross shares. “[He said] that he wanted to play my role, that he thought that the movie is going to do phenomenal. He thinks it’s going to be an Academy Award-type movie. What we’re trying to do right now is get Jamie signed on, get a white actor signed up for Gary Webb, and also get a Hispanic actor signed on, maybe Javier Bardem or somebody of that caliber.”
Ross has big plans and will pull out all the stops.
Since being released from prison in 2009, the former drug dealer has been involved with community outreach efforts.
*Snoop Dogg was recently tapped to work on the music in the upcoming biopic on “Freeway” Ricky Ross.
“Y’all heard what the Dogg said,” gloated Ross (pictured below), who has undergone a lengthy legal battle with rapper Rick Ross over his moniker. “Y’all didn’t think it was gonna happen, now the Dogg said he gonna run the soundtrack!”
The film was written by “Blow” director Nick Cassavetes.
Ross’s film comes a couple of years after his 14 years in jail. He was sentenced to life for drugs, but was released in 2009.
“Man, I told my O.G. before he got home I wanted to get down with him, and I love him to death and everything he stand for, and I’m part of telling his story,” said Snoop. “I said, ‘Look, when it’s time to play you, it’s gotta be me and nobody else. I’m the only one who could put that thing on it.’”
Little is known about the project, but it has been revealed it will take place in Los Angeles in the crack cocaine influx between 1979-86.
Christopher 'Dudus' Coke
*Christopher “Dudus” Coke, captured by Jamaican police Tuesday, was escorted by U.S. federal agents off a plane in suburban Westchester County, New York, at about 7 p.m. Thursday after his extradition from Jamaica.
Coke, who was wanted by the Southern District of New York on drug and weapons charges, was captured by Jamaican police on the outskirts of Kingston on Tuesday. He waived his right to judicial proceedings in Jamaica, according to a statement from the Justice Department, and was transferred to the custody of the U.S. Marshals service and the DEA.
U.S. Marshals, DEA agents and federal prosecutors had worked hand in hand with senior Jamaican military and police officials in an effort to effect Coke’s surrender and extradition. His attorney had contacted U.S. authorities on Monday advising that Coke was considering turning himself in to the U.S. It was the first communication that U.S. authorities had had with Coke’s attorney in several weeks.
Coke being fitted for helmet after capture
“We are relieved that Coke’s arrest and transfer to New York was not marked by the violence that had gripped the streets of Jamaica for so many days,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “We look forward to presenting our case to a jury in a Manhattan courtroom and bringing Coke to justice.”
More than 70 Jamaicans, including both civilians and security officers, died after Jamaican authorities began moving in on Coke’s barricaded West Kingston neighborhood in an attempt to capture him late last month. The U.S. has wanted to extradite Coke since 2009, but the Jamaican government had resisted until May.
The alleged Jamaican drug kingpin and accused leader of the notorious Jamaican Shower Posse was captured after a vehicle he was traveling in was intercepted by the police on a Jamaican highway. Though he was wearing a wig, glasses and women’s clothing as a disguise, officers recognized him at a checkpoint.
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