William Monahan wrote the adapted screenplay, based on the book written by Jon Roberts (Cocaine Cowboys) and Evan Wright (Generation Kill), which recounts Jon Roberts' days as a New York drug smuggler and gun runner. Here's an official description of the book.
Roberts, in fact, seemed to be a prodigy of criminality - but one with a remarkable self-awareness and a fierce desire to protect his son from following the same path.
American Desperado is Roberts' no-holds-barred account of being born into Mafia royalty, witnessing his first murder at the age of seven, becoming a hunter-assassin in Vietnam, returning to New York to become -- at age 22 -- one of the city's leading nightclub impresarios, then journeying to Miami where in a few short years he would rise to become the Medellin Cartel's most effective smuggler."
No production schedule was given. Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg previously teamed up for Universal Pictures' Lone Survivor, which hits theaters on December 27.