9:31am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
El Chapo Drama Series in the Works From Netflix and Univision
Netflix is jumping on the El Chapo bandwagon.
The streamer is teaming with Univision on new drama series El Chapo, based on the life story of the notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
Univision Story House, the new development and production arm of Univision Communications, Inc., together with the streaming platform will co-produce the project, which will be available to Netflix subscribers in the U.S. after its first airing on UniMas in 2017. In the rest of the world, episodes of El Chapo will premiere exclusively on Netflix.
“El Chapo is a great example of how Univision continues to innovate and evolve with premium storytelling formats. The IP we’ve developed from more than 50 years of award-winning news and investigations gives us unique and innovative ways to tell stories in a way no other network can,” said Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. “We are pleased to deliver this groundbreaking series to audiences in the U.S. and around the world.”
Added Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos: “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.”
El Chapo would join #Cartel, another drama centered on the drug kingpin (ironically, from former Narcos showrunner Chris Brancato) that's in the works at History, should it be ordered to series.
El Chapo made headlines in January for his capture, escape from prison and recapture, not to mention his clandestine meeting with actor Sean Penn and actress Kate del Castillo. He most recently was the subject of a Reelz documentary, El Chapo & Sean Penn: Bungle in the Jungle.