Hip-hop mogul Damon Dash has partnered with Magnolia Films to bring the true life story of notorious drug kingpin Nicky Barnes to the big screen with Mr.Untouchable
The documentary, which will be released in theatres on October 19, traces the rise and fall of the infamous Harlem drug lord during the heroin epidemic of the 1970's. The film's name derives from the headline "Mister Untouchable" that accompanied Barnes' photo when he appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in 1977, followed by the sub-text that read "This is Nicky Barnes. New York police say he's the biggest drug dealer in Harlem. But can they prove it?"
The movie, directed by Marc Levin (Whiteboyz, Brooklyn Babylon, Slam), features music by DJ Hi Tek. The flick also offers commentary from Barnes, his ex-wife, Thelma Grant, former members of his crime organization, "The Council," reporters, attorneys and officers from various law enforcement agencies who worked to convict Barnes.