Michelle Ashford and Michael Bay Bring ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ To HBO

The acclaimed illegal drug trade documentary may become one of the next drama series for HBO.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Michelle Ashford and Michael Bay Bring 'Cocaine Cowboys' To HBO

For the last two years, "Cocaine Cowboys" has languished in development at HBO. But that is about to change in a big way.

Deadline is reporting that Michelle Ashford has been hired to write a new pilot script for "Cocaine Cowboys;" which is inspired by the 2006 documentary of the same name by director Billy Corben. The original "Cocaine Cowboys" chronicled the rise of the cocaine trade and other violent crimes in Miami during the ’70s and ’80s.

In the documentary, Corben used interviews with numerous gangsters, ex-drug smugglers, police officers and others to get a first hand account of what happened during the Miami drug wars and the wave of crime and violence that followed it. The title "Cocaine Cowboys" was coined as a description of the gangsters who worked for the crime family matriarch, Griselda Blanco; whose men were particularly ruthless and violent. 

Michael Bay ("Transformers," "Bad Boys") and Jerry Bruckheimer ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation") are attached to executive produce the dramatization of "Cocaine Cowboys," which will reportedly not feature characters or real people from the documentary. Instead, the documentary and the events it portrays will be used as the springboard for the series. Corben and Alfred Spellman are also on board as executive producers with Jonathan Littman.

Bay and Bruckheimer originally brought "Cocaine Cowboys" to HBO back in 2008. Meredith Stiehm ("Cold Case") wrote the first draft, but Ashford’s draft is said to be a completely new script.

Ashford is no stranger at HBO, having written for both "The Pacific" and "John Adams" miniseries for the network. Ashford also penned a HBO pilot episode script called "Suburban Shootout" in 2008 that was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld ("Men In Black").


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