Season one of Narcos attempted to tell the story of Pablo Escobar’s rise to power and the authorities efforts to stop him as the cartel grew in influence over Colombia. It mixed fact and drama to create a series that Netflix claims is more popular than Game of Thrones, but it would seem that Escobar’s family wants to make sure the series is telling the “right” true story with its production.
Roberto Escobar is attempting to reach out to Netflix for a second time, hoping to review the series before it is released to the public on the streaming service. He makes a good case in his statement reported over at Deadline, but it would seem that Netflix and the production are keeping quiet:
“I am submitting a formal, friendly request to review this material solely on an informational basis, said Roberto Escobar Tuesday in a statement from Escobar Inc. “It is depicting me, my life, my family and my brother. I think nobody else in the world is alive to determine the validity of the materials, but me…
Roberto Escobar registered successor-in-interest rights to his brother Pablo and the Escobar family name in California in 2015, the year Narcos premiered. Escobar Inc. CEO Olof K. Gustafsson said the company tried to contact Netflix before the series debuted in August 2015, but did not receive a response.
Deadline reached out for comment, but have no received a response yet. I’m not entirely sure on the legal nature of it all, but it would seem that they don’t need permission from Escobar’s family in order to produce the series, so this would be more a courtesy than anything. I’m usually wrong, though, so expect a massive lawsuit in the near future.