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The Man Behind 'Narcos' Is Making A Show Based On El Chapo

Liam Bond

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The Man Behind 'Narcos' Is Making A Show Based On El Chapo

When the Netflix show Narcos, which told the story of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, aired last summer, you couldn't go on Facebook without seeing pretty much everyone talking about how good it was.

It was not long before the show aired that another drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, walked out of the maximum security Altiplano jail via a 1.5km tunnel complete with ventilation, lighting and a motorcycle track.

The head of the Sinaloa Cartel was captured in January after months on the run. His tumultuous life will now be subject of a TV show.

Chris Brancato, the writer-producer of Narcos, is developing a drama series for The History Channel called #Cartel.

"As we expand the canvas of topics covered by History to include events of the recent past, we are pleased to be teaming with Chris Brancato on this project," History president and general manager Jana Bennett said in a statement.

"The true story of 'El Chapo', fraught with murder, drugs, corruption and celebrity, has been and continues to be one of the most disturbing and fascinating of the past decade. Chris is the perfect person to bring this slice of modern history to the screen."

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#Cartel will tell the story of power, sex, money and the human cost of the drug wars.

The series will also look at how cartels use social media to maintain their images, recruit members and even send threats to rivals, despite the obvious risks.

"I've long been an avid viewer of History, so it's a thrill to work with them on this story about the intersection of technology and crime," said Brancato.

"The show is a metaphor for the lives we present on the internet, the secret selves we reveal in supposedly private communication and the risks of not-so-humble-bragging on social media."

No premiere date has been announced yet.

There's also no word on whether Sean Penn will be playing himself.

Word by Liam Bond

Topics: Narcos, el chapo

Liam Bond
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