Netflix Is Also Working On A Series About El Chapo

Senior Pop Culture Editor
05.17.16
Drug Kingpin Joaquin 'Chapo' Guzman Recaptured in Mexico

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Keeping track of shows about drug lords is even harder than catching an actual drug lord. Netflix’s Narcos, about the life and times of billionaire cocaine smuggler Pablo Escobar, was co-created by Chris Brancato, who’s also working on #Cartel. The History Channel drama will follow Joaquín Guzmán, better known as “El Chapo,” and focus on “the weird-but-true practice of cartels that expand their presence by cultivating a #brand on social media, threatening rivals, and attracting new recruits on Twitter and the like.”

#Cartel won’t be the only show about Shorty Guzmán, who was re-captured by Mexican authorities in January, on television, however — Univision and, you guessed it, Netflix have teamed up for an El Chapo drama:

“We are thrilled to partner with the award-winning Univision Story House on the timely and globally relevant drama series based on the life story of El Chapo,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, in a statement.

Univision president and CEO Randy Falco added, “El Chapo is a great example of how Univision continues to innovate and evolve with premium storytelling formats… We are pleased to deliver this groundbreaking series to audiences in the U.S. and around the world.” The still-untitled show will premiere on UniMás in 2017 and Netflix soon after. Sean Penn is expected to play every role, Klumps-style.

(Via the Hollywood Reporter and the Wrap)

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