LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The story of Yasiel Puig’s escape from the communist island of Cuba could become a movie very soon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brett Ratner and RatPac Entertainment have bought the rights of Puig’s story – which was originally published by LA Magazine – to create a thrilling blockbuster.
The article from LA Magazine is authored by Jesse Katz, who says he has spent months researching the past of the young phenom-ballplayer, which has included a number of trips to Cuba.
While the story of Puig’s escape from Cuba was already known to have involved his interception and capture by the United States Coast Guard, his return to Cuba, and his subsequent imprisonment, Katz’ article alleges the inclusion of smugglers.
“He knew he was dealing with smugglers, there is no other way to get off the island than to deal with smugglers,” Katz said. “We didn’t know much about him. Now we see him, (and) kind of how he deals with pressure, and the kinds of risks that he’s willing to take.”
Katz also says Puig will pay the smugglers $250,000 upon his arrival to the US and to pay them 20% of his earnings.
However, the smugglers never received their money.
In the past Ratner has produced action-filled movies such as X-Men: The Last Stand, Rush Hour and Hercules.
As the situation is still fluid, the only question is: how will it end?