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

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

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

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

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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?


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.


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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