Elizabeth Banks to Direct 'Cocaine Bear' Thriller for Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Elizabeth Banks to Direct 'Cocaine Bear' Thriller for Phil Lord and Chris Miller
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Actress/director Elizabeth Banks has signed on to helm a new film titled Cocaine Bear, with The Lego Movie creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller set to produce.

The film is inspired by the absolutely wild 1985 true story of a 175-pound black bear who consumed more than 70 pounds — or $15 million's worth — of cocaine from a duffle bag that was dropped from an airplane by a local drug smuggler, Andrew Thornton. The bear was later found dead of an overdose, and is now a taxidermy attraction named Pablo Eskobear in Lexington, KY.

It's unclear how faithful the script, which is being written by Jimmy Warden, will stick to the original story, as few other details about the project have emerged.

So far, other details including the film's release and cast are being kept under wraps, but Cocaine Bear is likely to be shot in summer 2021.