Fledgling indie distributor Broad Green Pictures, which has staffed up to around 60, has acquired U.S. distribution rights at the Cannes market for “The Infiltrator,” starring Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) as undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur, who used mob ties to make his way into some of the world’s largest drug cartels during the 1980s.
Adapted by Ellen Brown Furman from Mazur’s autobiography and directed by Brad Furman (“The Lincoln Lawyer”), “The Infiltrator” is one of several recent high-profile pickups by the company, including Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes,” with Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, and Michael Shannon, and Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” starring Christian Bale and natalie Portman, which debuted in Berlin. In addition to Cranston, the cast includes Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, and Amy Ryan. Good Films’ Miriam Segal produced.
Broad Green will finally open its first release, “Eden,” Mia Hansen-Love’s valentine to the French electronic pop scene, on June 19; the company is weighing offers from several top indie distributors for Jeremy Saulnier’s Neo-Nazis vs. Punks horror flick “Green Room,” which played well at Directors Fortnight.
Using the alias Bob Musella, Mazur worked undercover for years as a money launderer to major underworld figures and and organizations, including Pablo Escobar’s Medellín Cartel, gathering the evidence that would eventually lead to a blockbuster string of more than 40 arrests and the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. “Operation C-Chase,” as it was known, “became one of the most successful undercover operations in the history of U.S. law enforcement,” Mazur writes in the autobiography, which describes a world of glamor and great danger. The film, purchased in Cannes, will join Broad Green’s slate of planned 2016 releases.