STXfilms and Jennifer Lopez are re-teaming for the third time on The Godmother, a captivating new film based on notorious Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco, also known as “The Godmother.” Lopez will star as Blanco and is eyeing to make this her feature directorial debut as well.
Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina, as well as Julie Yorn will produce from a screenplay by Regina Corrado (Deadwood: The Movie) and Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos). Terence Winter, Alex Pettyfer, Alex Brown and Rick Yorn will executive produce.
Based on a true story, The Godmother chronicles the incredible rise-and-fall of Griselda “La Madrina” Blanco who outsmarted and outhustled the men around her to rise from an impoverished childhood in Colombia to become one of the world’s biggest drug lords who reportedly was worth more than $2 billion, and was a key figurehead in Miami’s ruthless and murderous Cocaine Cowboy Wars.
The Godmother marks the third joint project between STXfilms and Lopez, who previously collaborated on last year’s successful romantic comedy Second Act and the upcoming Hustlers, which opens September 13 and will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7th.
“I’ve been forever fascinated by the story of Griselda Blanco and jumped at the chance to play her on screen,” said Lopez. “She is all things we look for in storytelling and dynamic characters – notorious, ambitious, conniving, chilling. In a genre dominated by legendary kingpins, I’m eager to shine a spotlight on this anti-hero and excited to partner with STX for the third time so we can bring this compelling, complicated story to life.”
“We love working with Jennifer, Elaine and Benny.They are extraordinary producers and we value their partnership and trust. This is an epic true crime story that Jennifer is passionate about telling and we can’t wait to begin production on THE GODMOTHER with her and her team,” said Fogelson.
Lopez is repped by CAA and managed by TheMedinaCo. Winter and Corrado are repped by CAA. Kate Vorhoff is overseeing the project on behalf of STXfilms.