Killing Pablo

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Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw (2001) is a book by Mark Bowden[1][2] that details the efforts by the governments of the United States and Colombia, their respective military and intelligence forces, and Los Pepes (controlled by the Cali cartel) to stop illegal activities committed by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and his subordinates. It relates how Escobar was killed and his cartel dismantled. Bowden originally reported this story in a 31-part series published in The Philadelphia Inquirer[3] and in a companion documentary of the same title.


The True Story of Killing Pablo (2002) is a companion documentary film to Bowden's 2001 book. It was produced by Wild Eyes Productions for The History Channel.[4]


A feature film adaptation was being developed by producers Bob Yari and Mark Gordon, to be directed and written by Joe Carnahan, but the film's producer, Yari, filed for bankruptcy in 2008.[5] A film has yet to be produced.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "What is actor Christian Bale doing next?". Journal Now. December 25, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (October 1, 2007). "Yari fast-tracking Escobar biopic". Variety. Retrieved November 29, 2007. 
  3. ^ Bowden, Mark (2001). Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw. Atlantic Monthly Press. ISBN 978-0871137838. 
  4. ^ The True Story of Killing Pablo. (A&E Home Video). 2002. 
  5. ^ Chitwood, Adam (April 11, 2012). "Director Joe Carnahan Talks Mark Millar’s NEMESIS and KILLING PABLO". Collider. Retrieved April 11, 2012.