Photo: "Escobar, el Patron del Mal"
The Colombian television series “Escobar, el Patron del Mal” has been sold in 15 countries and is currently back on the air in Colombia, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the death of the biggest drug trafficker in history.
“That was Escobar’s entire life, we can’t be so ingenuous as to believe his legacy has not survived,” Laura Mora, co-director of the series, told Efe.
Escobar, considered the world’s wealthiest and most powerful drug trafficker, was killed in a Dec. 2, 1993, shootout with police in Medellin, the capital of the northwestern province of Antioquia.
“The important thing is to look back at what happened and at how a person like that could have so much power,” Mora, who directed the Caracol TV series together with Carlos Moreno, said.
This is the only television series about the kingpin of the Medellin cartel that identifies the leading character by his real name, as it does with the other characters in the story who lived during one of the darkest periods in Colombian history.
Shot in high definition, the series, whose international title is “Pablo Escobar, The Drug Lord,” has been the most expensive per episode ever made for Colombian television, with a cast that includes Andres Parra as Pablo Escobar, Angie Cepeda and Nicolas Montero.
Juan Camilo Ferrand wrote the screenplay based on the book “La Parabola de Pablo” by Alonso Salazar.
The series “has been successful” throughout Latin America (except in Mexico where it got a “tough” reception), the United States, Eastern Europe, Canada, Spain, France and other countries, and has been dubbed in more than five languages, thanks to “the mystery of the character,” Mora and Caracol TV said.