Clooney producing young criminal masterminds movie Coronado High


“Grey’s Anatomy” scribe Debora Cahn is set to adapt Joshuah Bearman’s article “Coronado High” for the big screen.

George Clooney will produce with Grant Heslov and David Klawans. Clooney may also direct the film.

Find the article’s official description below.

Nobody would’ve figured the kids from the sleepy beach town of Coronado, California, for criminal masterminds. They were just some hippie surfers, high school friends who’d come up with the idea of swimming bundles of marijuana across the border from Tijuana during the summer of 1969. Within a decade, however, the Coronado Company had become the largest pot-smuggling operation on the West Coast, a $100 million empire with outposts from Mexico to Morocco to Thailand. And sitting at the top of it all was the most improbable of kingpins: Lou Villar, a former Spanish teacher and swimming coach at Coronado High School.

Drawing on exclusive interviews with Villar and his partners in crime, Joshuah Bearman – author of the Wired article that became the film Argo – tells the inside story of the Coronado Company’s unlikely rise and the intrepid DEA agents who brought its principals to justice. Coronado High is an epic saga of daring escapades, hedonistic excess, and friendships betrayed, played out across the era when the innocence of the Summer of Love curdled into the paranoia of the drug war.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news