Elizabeth Banks’ “Cocaine Bear” Begins Shoot

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Filming has officially begun on “Charlie’s Angels” director Elizabeth Banks’ new bizarre character-driven true story tale “Cocaine Bear” at Universal Pictures.

The film will deal with the real-life events surrounding the 1985 dumping of around forty containers with $14 million dollars worth of the drug in a Georgia forest.

Said containers were apparently dropped from a plane flying a drug route from Colombia by narcotics officer turned convicted local drug smuggler Andrew Thornton.

Thornton then became tangled up in his parachute and fell to his death. When police traced his route back through the forest, they discovered a 175-pound black bear had consumed all the containers and had died from possibly the largest overdose in history.

The local medical examiner who performed the necropsy said the ingestion had led to it dying of massive organ failure: “cerebral hemorrhaging, respiratory failure, hyperthermia, renal failure, heart failure, stroke. You name it, that bear had it.”

The bear itself was taxidermied and was sold around to several collectors, including singer Waylon Jennings, and is now on display at the Kentucky Fun Mall in Lexington. The whole event is said to be nicknamed “Pablo EskoBear” by Kentuckians.

Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, Margo Martindale, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Brooklynn Prince, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Alden Ehrenreich star in the film while Jimmy Warden (“The Babysitter: Killer Queen”) penned the script.

Banks, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Brian Duffield, Max Handelman and Aditya Sood are producing and check out the photo of the film’s clapper board which includes a logo.