There are two kinds of people in this world: People who love Breaking Bad, and people who haven’t seen it yet (*cough Kervyn *cough*) but a big part of its success is its outstanding quality. The acting is fantastic, it is visually amazing and the writing really is great as well and it really shows how a excellent series is only a sum of its parts. Well, some of that writing is set to hit the big screen soon!
George Mastras has been involved with Breaking Bad since it started back in 2008, and he is set to add his writing pedigree to a new film called 90 Church, based on a novel by Dean Unkefer, describes as the ‘true story of the Narcotics Squad from Hell’, though his book is also described as fictionalized. This does sound like a perfect fit for Mastras, who has been writing the hell out of Walter White’s drug kingpin Heisenberg for the last few years. I’ll be keeping a close eye on casting news for 90 Church as I suspect we are in for something rather incredible.
Here’s the official description for Unkefer’s 90 Church from Comingsoon:
From 1950 through the late 1960s, America feared two great enemies: Communism and illegal drugs. While the espionage stories have been well publicized, the war against drugs was far more violent and has remained mostly secret.
At its peak, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) enlisted only 350 agents worldwide. In New York City, the center of organized crime and rum import, there were only 35 street agents in the bureau’s office at 90 Church Street. While the FBI refused even to acknowledge organized crime, these agents stood alone against a well-organized Mafia and vicious drug cartels. To survive against impossible odds, the agents used incredibly brutal and cunning tactics to make cases and bring the war to a stalemate. Their violent exploits on the streets of New York City became legendary to other law enforcement agencies and the underworld.
Using an ever-expanding network of enslaved criminal informants held together by secret immunity deals, the sinister reputation of 90 Church grew along with the rising body count. In 1968, alarmed politicians, who did not understand – nor could be told – about 90 Church operations, launched an ill-fated and arrogant investigation. Accusations were made against the agents based on taking undercover operations out of context and believing testimony from criminal informants. Now fighting a war on two fronts, 90 Church was dissolved and its agents discredited.
The book is a memoir based upon real cases and actual people. It is a story of a young agent’s downward slide into hell as he falls victim to addiction, deception, violence, and shifting loyalties. It is a desperate struggle in front-line combat to find justice and redemption. Ultimately, it is also the age-old tale of deals with the devil and what happens when something that is right is sacrificed to fight what is wrong.
The only news I am not particularly excited about is Rupert ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ Sanders being attached as the director. While I didn’t hate Snow White and the Huntsman, it seemed like more of a love letter to Kristen Stewart, which is quite ironic seeing as how the relationship between Sanders and Stewart was scandalous at best. However, Sanders definitely has potential and 90 Church might just be his chance to become a bigger name for better reasons.
Last Updated: August 13, 2013