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Sony Pictures in Final Negotiations for ‘Hunting El Chapo’

Film will be adaptation of book written by DEA agent who successfully pursued the cartel boss

Sony Pictures is in final negotiations for the rights to “Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of The American Lawman Who Captures The World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord,” an upcoming book about the long and ultimately successful pursuit of the cartel boss who became one of the world’s richest men, TheWrap has learned.

“Hunting El Chapo,” written by Cole Merrell — a pseudonym for the DEA agent who led the pursuit of El Chapo — and Douglas Century will be released by HarperCollins on Oct. 17.

El Chapo, born Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, is the longtime head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and was one of the world’s most wanted criminals for years. He escaped from prison twice, the last time in 2015, when he slipped out through a secret tunnel dug to connect to his jailhouse shower. In 2001, Guzman escaped from a different prison with the help of compromised guards that wheeled him out in a laundry cart.

He was recaptured in January 2016, shortly after he met with actor Sean Penn and Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo, with Penn interviewing Guzman for a Rolling Stone cover story. Guzman was cleared for extradition in May and was transported to the United States this January.

Guzman’s trial is expected to begin this fall.