Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to star as real life international drug smuggler Max Mermelstein in Antoine Fuqua’s movie The Man Who Made it Snow. The movie is to be based on Mermelstein’s 1990 autobiography of the same name which tells the tale of how he became a lynch-pin in Pablo Escobar’s Colombian Medellín Cartel and later entered the United States Federal Witness Protection Program providing evidence to the DEA.
The screenplay of Mermelstein’s autobiography has been written by Brent Tabor. Tabor acquired the rights to the book some time ago and met the main man back in 2008 shortly before he succumbed to cancer at the age of 65.
Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equaliser) is currently wrapping up work on South Paw which also stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko; Zodiac) as a boxer punching his way to the top. The Man Who Made it Snow is expected to go into production late next year with a 2016 release.