Oliver Stone has denied allegations he is planning a film starring Sean Penn as Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.
Sean met with El Chapo in his secret lair in October (15) before the drug lord was captured by Mexican marines following a shootout in January (16).
The Daily Mail claimed this week that the real reason Sean, 55, went to Mexico on a clandestine mission to interview El Chapo was to secure the rights for a film that Oliver would direct.
Citing interviews in a TV documentary El Chapo and Sean Penn: Bungle in the Jungle which aired on Thursday in the U.S. (10March16), the British newspaper reported that Oliver “orchestrated” Sean’s meeting with the Sinaloa cartel leader and he was willing to pay $6 million for the rights to the story.
The documentary also claimed that Sean studied El Chapo’s mannerisms and way of talking during their seven-hour encounter, and alleged that the Oscar-winning Platoon directed was represented at the meeting by Argentinean film producers Fernando Sulichin and Jose Ibanez, whom he has worked with before.
But Oliver, 69, has hit back, telling the Hollywood Reporter that the article’s claims were “unfounded”.
He said: “As the Daily Mail would know had it contacted me, the story is unfounded.”
Sources also told the U.S. film industry magazine that Sean had no intention of pursuing movie rights, and indeed had signed a waiver telling his colleagues he had no interest in them.
The two-time Oscar-winning actor did say in January (16) that his biggest regret was having failed to start a conversation on the war on drugs via the interview.
Sean has repeatedly said that he is not making any such film and was purely in Mexico for journalistic purposes; however, it remains unclear to the reason why Fernando and Jose were at the meeting or whether they had succeeded in obtaining movie rights themselves.
– Cover Media0