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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 11, 2014 at 12:52PM

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.
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Benicio Del Toro in 'Paradise Lost'
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.

This article is related to: News, RADiUS-TWC, Benicio del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, News, Paradise Lost, Brady Corbet


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.