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Brett Ratner acquires rights to Yasiel Puig biopic

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Jesse Katz’s Los Angeles magazine story about breakout L.A. Dodgers star Yasiel Puig’s journey from Cuba to California is getting the movie treatment: Brett Ratner and his RatPac Entertainment nabbed the rights to turn the story — published only weeks ago — into a film.

Katz’s article chronicles Puig’s attempts to leave his home country of Cuba, including getting caught up in a Mexican drug cartel and being held captive by them for nearly three weeks. Now, Puig is a wildly successful Dodger with a seven-year contract.

Ratner, perhaps best known for his work directing the Rush Hour films, will produce the movie with Beau Flynn, whom Ratner’s already worked with on the upcoming Hercules. James Packer and John Cheng, both of RatPac Entertainment, are executive producing.