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If the movie becomes a reality, it will probably be “the first time that a major motion picture was made in which 10 percent of the profits went to the American taxpayers,” Rosenthal said. “It would be an incredibly unique story.”

The case was first reported by the San Antonio Express-News.

Prosecutors alleged that Vazquez and others laundered millions of dollars in drug proceeds by funneling the money through various currency exchanges, bank accounts and real estate ventures in the U.S. and Mexico.

Vazquez was arrested in late 2010 in Chicago.

Osteen’s Lakewood Church signed onto the project last year.

“It’s a beautiful script,” Iloff said. “I’m so saddened that it was tainted this way. I hope that it doesn’t slow it down.”