RADiUS Takes Pablo Escobar Thriller 'Paradise Lost,' Starring Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson

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by Beth Hanna
February 11, 2014 12:52 PM
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Benicio Del Toro in 'Paradise Lost'

RADiUS-TWC has scooped up North American rights to crime drama "Paradise Lost," starring Benicio Del Toro as notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Josh Hutcherson of "Hunger Games" fame plays a young man who is pulled into the family business after marrying Escobar's niece. 

Brady Corbtt ("Martha Marcy May Marlene") and newcomer Claudia Traisac also star. The film's helmer is a newcomer too, Andrea Di Stefano, making his feature debut. 

Here's the official synopsis:

Young surfer Nick (Hutcherson) thinks all his dreams have come true when he goes to visit his brother in Columbia. Against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches, he falls madly in love with Maria (Traisac) a beautiful Colombian girl.  Everything seems perfect until he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar (Del Toro).

RADiUS, who has reportedly been tracking the project for months, is eyeing a 2014 release.

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3 Comments

  • Paulina | February 12, 2014 9:00 AMReply

    Colombia is a country, Columbia is a University in New York. Please Radius, ya' making a movie exploiting the place, would it kill you to spell it right?

  • jingmei | February 11, 2014 10:30 PMReply

    This actually sounds interesting, not only because of Brady Corbtt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson reminded people that they both appeared in another similar area piece 7 Days in Havana.

  • tyler4all | February 11, 2014 1:34 PMReply

    Columbia? as in Columbia, South Carolina? or maybe they mean Columbia, Missouri? Although I don't think any drug barons lived in those parts. "Young surfer Nick"...thats how the synopsis starts? already it sounds terrible. Why the need to center all stories around the perspective of a young white boy? How about making the movie about Pablo Escobar, not about how Escobar is seen through the eyes of a young white boy?

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