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Pablo Escobar, he’s so very now

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If you’re going to make a film about a Colombian drug lord you can reasonably expect to have a decent run at it without somebody turning up to queer the pitch.

So Joe Carnahan must have thought when he signed on to direct Javier Bardem in Killing Pablo, which as we all know is based on the life and death of Pablo Escobar.

But then up pops Antoine Fuqua with a rival project called Escobar and the backing of Oliver Stone.

Stone’s got form in this sort of thing and pulled something rather similar when he went head to head with Baz Luhrman in the race to get an Alexander the Great biopic on the screen.

Anyone who sat through the 93 hours of Stone’s Alexander will know who won that one and there’s some suggestion he’ll come out on top in the Escobar scramble as well.

Which is a shame really as the Carnahan flick sounds like it would be much better.

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