Lego Movie creators reunite with Elizabeth Banks for Cocaine Bear movie

Joe Anderton
·2-min read
Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

From Digital Spy

30 Rock and Power Rangers star Elizabeth Banks is reuniting with Chris Lord and Phil Miller, the guys behind the brilliant The Lego Movie and the original directors of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

If that wasn't intriguing enough news, the project itself is both fascinatingly bizarre and based on a true story: the story of the 'Cocaine Bear'.

The tale goes that a drug smuggler was flying a plane full of cocaine but realised he had too much to carry while parachuting out, so he had to ditch a chunk of it. Around 40 bags of the stuff was discovered by a real life bear, who proceeded to consume the lot.

Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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The bear was unfortunately found dead and ruled to have died from an overdose, according to The New York Times.

As reported by Variety, the story will be turned into a "character-driven thriller" from scriptwriter Jimmy Warden, with Lord and Miller serving as producers and Banks as director. Banks previously directed Pitch Perfect 2 and the Charlie's Angels reboot.

Photo credit: Mike Jordan - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Jordan - Getty Images

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While Pitch Perfect 2 was a big box office success, the Charlie's Angels reboot didn't quite see the same success for multiple reasons you can read more about here.

Hopefully Banks can find success again now that she doesn't have to worry about trying to revive an IP in a market overstuffed with reboots.

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