Cocaine Bear, a 2023 American comedy horror film, is loosely based on the true events surrounding a 175-pound (79 kg) American black bear that died after ingesting a duffel bag full of cocaine in 1985. The film is directed and produced by Elizabeth Banks, with Jimmy Warden serving as the screenwriter.
The True Story
In December 1985, Andrew C. Thornton II, a former narcotics officer and convicted drug smuggler, piloted a plane carrying a load of cocaine. The plane was overloaded, so Thornton decided to drop the cocaine over a forest in northern Georgia before jumping out of the plane with a faulty parachute. He died on impact.
The curious black bear eventually discovered the cocaine-filled duffel bag after it landed in the forest. The animal consumed the cocaine and died sometime later, likely from a drug overdose. Three months later, when they found the animal, they discovered it alongside 40 opened plastic containers of cocaine.
The Cocaine Bear’s Legacy
The story has become a bizarre piece of pop culture and has inspired various works of art and media, including the upcoming film. Moreover, the real Cocaine Bear is currently on display at the Kentucky for Kentucky Fun Mall in Lexington, Kentucky, which named the creature “Cocaine Bear” in 2015.
The film features an ensemble cast, including Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Christian Convery, Alden Ehrenreich, Brooklynn Prince, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Margo Martindale, and Ray Liotta. The film marks Liotta’s posthumous release, as he passed away on May 26, 2022. They dedicate the film to Ray Liotta’s memory.
The story of the Cocaine Bear is a strange and fascinating part of American history. And the upcoming film is sure to entertain audiences with its unique blend of comedy and horror. The film’s all-star cast and talented production team make it a highly anticipated release. Many eagerly anticipate how this story will come to life on the big screen as the film’s release approaches.