Urbizu to Direct the Pablo Escobar-Themed “Silver or Lead”

It’s silver or lead time for Enrique Urbizu

The 50-year-old Spanish filmmaker will direct the Pablo Escobar-themed film Silver or Lead after Relativity Media acquired the script for the project.

Enrique Urbizu

Silver or Lead centers on the the manhunt for the notorious drug lord. It centers on the private war between Escobar and General Hugo Martinez, whose life rights are part of the deal. In addition, Relativity’s deal includes the life rights to Joe Toft, the former chief of the Bogota office of the Drug Enforcement Agency who was directly involved in the pursuit, capture and death of Escobar.

The film’s name comes from a famous Escobar phrase, “Plata o Plomo.” It’s the choice Escobar reportedly offered the people he encounters: take riches or take a bullet. It’s the choice Martinez faces when he refuses a $6 million bribe by Escobar to call off the manhunt.

Pablo Escobar

Source material for the film comes from author Simon Strong’s award-winning book Whitewash: Pablo Escobar and The Cocaine Wars, which was also acquired by Relativity.

Urbizu,’s previous project, 2011’s crime thriller No Rest For The Wicked, swept the last year’s Goya Awards with a record 14 wins.

Urbizu’s “No Rest for the Wicked” to be Released in the U.S.

Enrique Urbizu is experiencing a triumphant return to moviemaking…

Enrique Urbizu

Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to the 50-year-old Spanish filmmaker’s award-winning thriller No Rest for the Wicked (No habra paz para los malvados), his first outing behind the camera after an eight-year absence.

Urbizu’s film, which is screening as part of Fantastic Fest in Austin this weekend, was the big winner at this year’s Goya Awards —the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars—capturing six trophies, including Best Film.

No Rest for the Wicked Poster

No Rest for the Wicked centers on a police inspector, Santos Trinidad, who gets involved in a triple murder.  But there’s a witness that manages to escape and could incriminate him. So antos begins an investigation to find and eliminate him. Meanwhile, Judge Chacon, who is investigating the triple murder, goes on looking for the murderer but what seems a simple case of drugs actually is something far more dangerous.

Tribeca Film plans a December release for the film. The release will span multiple platforms, including availability on demand in more than 40 million homes through a variety of video-on-demand offerings, as well as iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, VUDU and Xbox.