Starz to Develop Series Based on The Shadow Catcher

I met Hipolito Acosta some time ago after he ran for Houston City Council. I’ll admit I wasn’t very supportive of him in that race, but he was impressive as a candidate. A short time later, we actually met and became good friends despite some of our political differences. In fact, we weren’t all that different, plus on the issue of immigration, I think we both saw a path toward something that might work. Given his experiences and some of his war stories, I thought he was a fascinating individual.

Recently, he published The Shadow Catcher, a book about his times as an undercover ICE agent who infiltrated human smuggling and drug cartels during his career. Now, that book has been optioned and will be developed into a Starz TV series, Gringo, chronicling the life of a Mexican American ICE agent .

“’Gringo’ provides a thrilling and uniquely personal look into international organized crime from the viewpoint of a federal undercover agent on the front lines never seen by the American public,” said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz. “We are excited to work with this team to develop ‘Gringo’ into what we think could make for incredibly compelling television.” ”Gringo” is slated to be set Chicago and Oaxaca and feature characters speaking in both Spanish and English.


“Gringo” is written by “Spartacus” franchise alums Aaron and Todd Helbing and will be Executive Produced by Steve Lee Jones (“You Don’t Know Jack”) of Bee Holder Productions.

Some background on the book’s author.

Hipolito Acosta is the most highly decorated officer in the history of the U.S. Immigration and Nationalization Service. The son of Mexican-American migrant workers, Acosta rose through the ranks from Border Patrol Agent to a key position in the Department of Homeland Security. Acosta and his wife live in Texas.

Congrats to Poli and his family.

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