El Chapo, the notorious Mexican druglord known for his improbable prison escapes, is coming to Netflix.
“El Chapo,” a drama series based on his life story, will be co-produced by Netflix and Univision Communications’ new development and production arm, it was announced Tuesday.
The series with an actor depicting El Chapo will be available to Netflix members in the U.S. following its television 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,” said Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc.
Falco said “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.”
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman faces drug trafficking charges in the U.S. connected to the Sinaloa drug cartel, supplying much of the marijuana, cocaine and heroin sold in the United States.
Guzman was first arrested in Guatemala in 1993 and extradited to Mexico, where he was convicted and imprisoned. He escaped in 2001 by hiding in a laundry cart.
His freedom ended in 2014, when he was apprehended in Mazatlan. Guzman was then sent back to prison, but made another daring Mexican prison breakout last July, a month after U.S. authorities sought his extradition.
He was recaptured Jan. 8 during a shootout.
— Wire reports
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