Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is to be the subject of a new UK-Spanish-German co-production titled Public Enemy.

The project, to be directed by Polly Steele, marks the second title, unveiled in as many weeks, being funded by UK tax financier UKFS, which is the main UK backer on London-set comedy drama Cabbages & Queens.

Margit Bimler of Germany's Marloo Media is producing with UKI Films, the London production outfit Steele launched in 2001 with property player UKI covering overheads and providing an annual development fund over three years.

The filmmakers are aiming for a November shoot in Mexico on Public Enemy, which tells the story of Escobar's relationship with a young journalist.

Steele, Bimler and UKFS also teamed on Steele's feature directing debut Lena, starring Italian actress Valentina Cervi, which wrapped this year.

As on Lena, Bimler is providing German equity money on Public Enemy, which is set up as a UK-Spanish-German co-production.