EXCLUSIVE: Showtime has picked up a Drake-exec produced documentary series about U.S. military veterans and Mexican drug cartels from eOne, David Ayer’s and Chris Long’s Cedar Park.
Four-part series Ready for War examines the cause and effect of deporting U.S. military veterans and their forced recruitment by Mexican drug cartels. It is produced by Cedar Park, Kerstin Emhoff and Candice Dragonas’ Prettybird and Drake and Adel Nur’s Dreamcrew. The premium cable network has acquired worldwide rights via Showtime Documentary Films.
Created by director Andrew Renzi and Nick Boak, Ready for War explores the issues of post-military service, including PTSD, drug abuse and crime convictions for combat veterans, as well as the larger ramifications for immigrant soldiers. The series details the differences native-born U.S. and immigrant soldiers face when convicted of a crime — and the fight for the majority of immigrant soldiers who are sent to Mexico as they attempt to get back home. While some are successful, others succumb to violent threats of drug cartels.
It also investigates the larger issue of deporting veterans and features interviews with politicians, military members, lawyers and journalists while offering intimate access to the personal lives and stories of the soldiers included in the documentary that have been affected by these laws.
The project is executive produced by Ayer, Long, Renzi, Boak, rapper Drake, his manager Adel “Future” Nur, Emhoff, Dragonas and Tara Long. Renzi is repped by WME and Linda Lichter.
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