Netflix next month will debut its next narco-focused series, ‘El Chapo’ anticipating the same success Univision had with part one of the series and the man behind the story Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman wants his cut. Hopefully the cunning businessman does not follow through on threats to seek compensation for the show based on his narco life.
Netflix’s other narco offering is ‘Narcos’ an original drama on the life and times of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel. The series will be returning for a third and fourth season this year. No worries on Escobar asking for compensation, he died in a gun battle in 1993.
The original drama ‘El Chapo’ premiered on April 23 on Univision and concludes this Sunday. It was co-produced by the Spanish language network and Netflix. When the original trailer debutted El Chapo through his lawyers tried to cut a deal with both of the networks reminding everyone that they should pay him for permission to basically depict his life. Apparently no one from either media company has bothered to visit him at 150 Park Row at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan to obtain insider details on his life or expressed any interest to compensate the narco billionaire. El Chapo is currently a guest of the U.S. government facing 17 charges related to his role as head of the Sinaloa cartel.
“He is alive. He has to grant them permission,” says El Chapo lawyer Andrés Granados.
The series creator Silvana Aguirre has always argued the series is not a biopic of Guzman but rather a history lesson of narco-trafficking in Mexico. Aguirre has based much of the narco series on Univision’s extensive investigations on the drug trade in Mexico. The series includes live footage of real events as well as dramatizations.
The series spans three decades of El Chapo’s narco life starting in 1985 when Guzman was starting out as a thug in the Guadalajara cartel. Univision has renewed the show for a second season which at its conclusion will also air on Netflix.
No word on whether El Chapo will be watching in June – doubtful since he is in solitary confinement allowed only one hour of TV a day.
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