RatPac Entertainment developing film about the slugger's journey from Cuba to Mexico to Los Angeles
Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig is the latest modern athlete to have his life story developed as a major motion picture following Kurt Warner, Jesse Holley and Josh Hamilton, TheWrap has learned.
Brett Ratner and James Packer's RatPac Entertainment has acquired rights to “Escape From Cuba: Yasiel Puig's Untold Journey to the Dodgers,” an article by Jesse Katz that ran in Los Angeles Magazine earlier this month.
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Puig's journey to the big leagues is certainly fascinating. He escaped Cuba with the help of a Mexican drug cartel that picked him up in a speed boat and took him to the Yucatan Peninsula. He was then held captive for nearly three weeks as the cartel waited to receive payment.
Puig went on to sign a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers, though media reports have suggested that Puig promised 20% of his earnings to those who enabled his escape from Cuba.
Ratner will produce with Beau Flynn, while Packer will executive produce with RatPac's John Cheng.