Brett Ratner, Beau Flynn to Produce Movie About LA Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig

RatPac Entertainment developing film about the slugger’s journey from Cuba to Mexico to Los Angeles

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

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.

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Ratner will produce with Beau Flynn, while Packer will executive produce with RatPac’s John Cheng.