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Hollywood loves a good excessive drug hustling story. Scarface, in all of its violent 1980s glory, is one of the most memorable movies of all times. Blow showcased one of Johnny Depp’s last great roles before he became a Jack Sparrow caricature. And Oliver Stone’s Savages…well, it also had Benecio Del Toro in it, so there’s that.
Back in August, Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely brought the fabrication-filled life of Lisette Lee to the masses in an article titled “The Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills,” and Deadline reports the article is going to become a feature for Paramount, and Hustle and Flow’s Craig Brewer has been tapped to direct. It’s always a strange thing when something as small scale as a magazine article gets fleshed out to feature-length, but Lee’s life is ripe for adaptation.
The Seoul-born Lee claimed she was a famous K-Pop star as well as being a heiress to the Samsung electronics riches while carrying on an L.A. socialite life that rivaled those of other more famed heiresses, even calling herself the “Korean Paris Hilton.” Well the reason why she wasn’t as famed as anyone else is because her entire public persona was a sham. Her real profession as a marijuana drug mule came out after she was arrested for trafficking 500 pounds of weed into Ohio and it was discovered that over an eight month period, she’d trafficked over 7,000 pounds of it. O-high-o indeed.
Brewer has been busy recently as one of the writers for the Tarzan script that David Yates is eventually supposed to direct, as well as directing the pilot for the upcoming FOX assassin drama Boomerang, starring Felicity Huffman and Anthony Lapaglia.
Read the whole Rolling Stone article here.