Three years later, sources tell LatinTRENDS that the project is moving forward, as Tyler Hisel has been hired to write the script for Paramount and Leonardo DiCaprio‘s production company, Appian Way banner.
The film will follow the, untold story of Jose Miguel Battle Sr., the leader of “The Corporation,” who was known among the Cuban-American community as “El Padrino,” aka “The Godfather.” Battle served as a key operative for Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, bringing him his cut from the gambling casinos when the mafia ran Cuba.
Battle escaped to the U.S. where he, along with some of his men were trained by the CIA to invade Cuba at the ill-fated Bay of Pigs. Having saved the lives of 28 of his men, the Godfather emerged from that debacle as a hero to many Cuban-Americans here in the states.
The Corporation started out running a numbers racket before moving on to money laundering and murder. Though Battle and his associates never gave up the dream of bringing down Fidel Castro and reclaiming Cuba, they were ultimately brought down by a detective who pursued them relentlessly for over 15 years.
Del Toro remains on board to play Battle, and DiCaprio is producing with his production company Appian Way and partners.