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'Blow' Inspiration Targeted for TV Show Special

5/1/2011 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

George Jung -- Johnny Depp's real-life cocaine-dealing inspiration for the movie "Blow" -- is still locked up in prison ... but TMZ has learned Jung is in talks with a TV show interested in doing a special on his life behind bars.

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Sources close to Jung tell TMZ ... producers from the National Geographic Channel show "Locked Up Abroad" have reached out to the infamous coke kingpin in the hopes of featuring him on a documentary-style special on his "experiences surrounding [Jung's] imprisonment and release."

We're told Jung -- who's still serving time in LaTuna Prison in Texas for drug smuggling -- was initially turned off by the idea ... but now, we're told, he's had a change of heart and wants to do it.

FYI -- "Locked Up" famously ran a similar movie-inspired episode last year -- featuring the real-life Henry Hill ... the guy who inspired "Goodfellas."

We're told Jung's business partners are slated to meet up with producers as soon as next week.

Calls to the production company have not been returned.


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lilny007    

1st!!!!!

1084 days ago
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aquanet    

Depp got the Boston accent doooown cold!

1084 days ago
3.

Captain Obvious    

lilny007 is #1

1084 days ago
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Made it Past 27    

I LOVE JOHNNY DEPP, HE BROUGHT THIS STORY TO LIFE. I WOULD WATCH THIS SHOW.

1084 days ago
5.

Andrew     

I would so watch this! The movie blow was epic.

1084 days ago
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bunny    

Locked up Abroad is nowhere as interesting as the movie Blow but it'll make a great episode.

1084 days ago
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rosh    

He initially turned down their request???? This guy did way too much Coke!!!

1084 days ago
8.

Sam    

Blow is easily one of my favorite flicks. Ironic and tragic that soon after it was released in theaters, its director died from a cocaine induced heart attack.

1084 days ago
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Joe    

This guy made a lot of money, but he was way smaller in importance than the movie 'Blow' made him out to be. Once Jung got the slightest success as a cocaine trafficker, he was pushed out of the Cartel's business by Carlos Lehder ('Diego' or whatever from the movie). Jung's fame owes to the fact he trafficked to Los Angeles, where they make movies. That is it. I enjoyed 'Blow', but it is far from historically accurate. If one is interested, read the book 'Cocaine Wars' from 1988.

1084 days ago
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TT    

Blow is one of the best movies I have ever seen and is the best work Johnny Depp has ever done. Check it out, if you haven't seen it yet.

1084 days ago
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Phreaky    

LaTuna is the same prison Maxx Hardcore is in. Wonder if they are buddies?

1084 days ago
12.

Fuck Celebrities    

Only in America can talentless ****s and criminals get rich.

1084 days ago
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john johnson    

when does he get out? FREE GEORGE JUNG!!!

1084 days ago
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Mark Proctor    

FREE GEORGE JUNG!!!

1084 days ago
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Nicki    

I love locked up abroad and am always fascinated with the real live stories that the movies were based on. They had the guy from Midnight Express too and it was amazing.

1084 days ago
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