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Cocaine Bear: Film about animal that ate 70lb drugs dumped by smugglers is under development

Cocaine Bear: True story about a black bear that consumed 70 POUNDS of coke dropped by smugglers is being made into a film by Elizabeth Banks – and Bette Midler offers to be an acting coach (for the bear!)

  • Actress Elizabeth Banks is reportedly directing a new movie about a bear that consumed 70 pounds of cocaine that was dropped by drug smugglers in 1985 
  • The feature film is titled Cocaine Bear and the plot is being kept under wraps  
  • However, it’s based on a true story about a bear consuming cocaine in 1985
  • Authorities at the time reported that a mountain bear died after eating cocaine it found in a Georgia forest that was dumped in the area by a drug smuggler 
  • Duffel bag was part of shipment dropped in area by Andrew Carter Thornton II 
  • News of movie sent Twitter into frenzy with Bette Midler even tweeting about it  

News of Elizabeth Banks directing a new movie about a bear that consumed 70 pounds of cocaine that was dropped by drug smugglers in 1985 has sent Twitter into a frenzy and even prompted Bette Midler to offer her services as an acting coach. 

The plot of the movie titled Cocaine Bear is being kept under wraps, but it will be based on a true story.

In 1985, authorities reported that a 175-pound black bear died after eating cocaine from a duffel bag it found in a Georgia forest that was dumped in the area by a drug smuggler.

Authorities said the duffel bag was part of a large shipment dropped in the area by Andrew Carter Thornton II on a flight from Colombia.

The story of the cocaine bear is seen in Kentucky

Actress Elizabeth Banks (left) is reportedly directing a new movie about a bear (file image, right) that consumed 70 pounds of cocaine that was dropped by drug smugglers in 1985

Andrew Carter Thornton II

A relic of the Cocaine Bear is seen in Kentucky

In 1985, authorities reported that a black bear (file image, right) died after eating cocaine from a duffel bag it found in a Georgia forest that was dumped there by a drug smuggler. Police said the duffel bag was part of a  shipment dropped in the area by Andrew Carter Thornton II (left)

Thornton was a convicted drug smuggler who died on September 11, 1985, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Investigators believe Thornton, who was the wealthy son of an elite Kentucky horse-breeding family, intended to return to the area to get the cocaine, but he died when he parachuted from the plane with 77 pounds of cocaine strapped to his waist. 

The bear’s body and a duffel bag were within 100 yards of three other duffel bags holding a total of 218 pounds of cocaine that were found shortly after Thornton died. A fourth bag containing 75 pounds was found nearby on November 5, 1985. 

Cocaine Bear immediately became a trending topic on Twitter with Bette Midler even tweeting about it. 

‘#ElizabethBanks is directing a movie based on a true story about a bear who consumed 70 pounds of #cocaine dropped into the woods by a smuggler in 1985. I don’t know if there’s a part that’s right for me in it, Liz, but if the bear needs an acting coach, I have seen some sh*t!’ 

Singer Jason Isbell also shared: ‘If y’all get John C. Reilly to play the cocaine bear I’ll score the movie for a bag of chili cheese Fritos and a Mt. Dew.’  

Cocaine Bear immediately became a trending topic on Twitter with Bette Midler even tweeting about it

Cocaine Bear immediately became a trending topic on Twitter with Bette Midler even tweeting about it

Singer Jason Isbell also shared: 'If y¿all get John C. Reilly to play the cocaine bear I¿ll score the movie for a bag of chili cheese Fritos and a Mt. Dew'

Singer Jason Isbell also shared: ‘If y’all get John C. Reilly to play the cocaine bear I’ll score the movie for a bag of chili cheese Fritos and a Mt. Dew’

Another person wrote: ‘The lack of movies called COCAINE BEAR is exactly what has been wrong with Hollywood for decades now.’

‘This sounds more cocaine-centric than bear-centric,’ one user shared. 

One person tweeted: ‘And to think they said my “COCAINE BEAR” google alert was “silly” and “wouldn’t lead to anything of import for as long as cinema graces the silver screen” well, well, well.’ 

‘I am here for the COCAINE BEAR CINEMATIC UNIVERSE. I’ll buy the action figures. I’ll get the app. I’ll make my kid watch the kid-friendly Netflix cartoon. Is there a Halloween costume? Put me in it,’ another shared.  

Cocaine Bear is being produced by Lord Miller. The movie is also backed by Universal and is based on an untitled spec written by Jimmy Warden, according to the Hollywood Reporter

Banks previously directed the Charlie’s Angels reboot, starring Kristen Stewart, and Pitch Perfect 2. 

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