UPDATE! Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman plans to sue Netflix and Univision for allegedly defaming him with a TV series about his life, one of his lawyers said Thursday.
The series, “El Chapo” — which premiered in April — presents Guzman as a “heartless criminal,” damaging his image just as he faces trial in US federal court next year, said lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez.
“Things are happening (in the series) that do not correspond to reality, despite the fact that there is no conviction confirming those events. That represents a grave violation of (Guzman’s) right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty,” he told Mexican radio network Formula.
El Chapo is now on Netflix
Television has gotten a lot of mileage out of the story of Columbian drug lord Pablo Esobar, most notably in the Netflix series,
Narcos. Perhaps it’s time for Escobar’s protege-of-sorts, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, to get his own moment on American television.
“El Chapo” is story of the world’s most notorious drug lords
It already premiered in Spanish on April 23rd on Univision.
Described the series as a “ripped from the headlines drama,” it will chronicle Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s story over three decades. The story will air in three separate cycles.
Joaquin Archivaldo Guzmán, also known as “El Chapo,” is Mexico’s most notorious drug lord and the leader of the Sinaloa cartel.
He’s been active in the drug game since the Eighties, was captured at least three times, had a collective bounty of over $8 million on his head and escaped a maximum-security prison. Twice. Now, he’s the subject of Univision’s new scripted series, aptly titled El Chapo and premiering on Sunday, and let me just say that this show is, for lack of a better word, dope.
Stage and screen actor Marco de la O (from telenovela “Tanto Amor”), will play El Chapo.
The series marks the first co-production between Story House Entertainment and Netflix, which will house the series following its network premiere. This is Story House’s first scripted series. It previously developed documentary series, such as “Hate Rising” and “Residente.”
Who is El Chapo?
Guzmán was extradited to the U.S. earlier this year following an escape attempt from a maximum security prison in Mexico in 2015. He had crawled through an opening in the shower of his cell block that led to a mile-long tunnel. He was recaptured six months later.
His next scheduled court appearance is on May 5.
In 2013, he was ranked on Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful people, with an estimated fortune of $1 billion. While he was a fugitive, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was offering a $5 million reward for information that would lead to his capture.
“El Chapo” isn’t the only adaptation of the drug lord’s life to hit the screen. Sony Pictures was in final negotiations to option the rights to the book “Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of The American Lawman Who Captures The World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord.” “Narcos” writer Chris Brancato is helping to develop “#Cartel,” a drama series based on El Chapo’s life for History.
Así fue la premiere de la serie ‘El Chapo’ en Los Ángeles
Elenco y producción de la serie ‘El Chapo’ se reunió con la prensa para presentar el primer capítulo de la serie.
El elenco y equipo creativo de la serie ‘El Chapo’ se reunieron en la ciudad de Los Ángeles para presentar oficialmente a la prensa el primer capítulo de la historia, la cual podremos disfrutar a partir del 23 de abril a las 8PM.
The new ripped-from-the-headlines drama explores the life story of one of the world’s most notorious criminals over a span of three decades – from 1985, when he was a low level member of the Guadalajara Cartel, his rise to power and his ultimate downfall. The series, which is currently in production, will air in three separate cycles and marks the first co-production between Story House Entertainment and Netflix.
The series will air in Spanish with English-language Closed Captioning available. Versions with English-subtitles will be available when the series premieres globally on Netflix (date to be announced). The series, which is currently in production, will air in three separate cycles and marks the first co-production between Story House Entertainment and Netflix.
On the premiere episode, in 1985, a Guadalajara Cartel underling named Joaquín Guzmán Loera surprised drug trafficking higher-ups by being the first to take an important cocaine shipment from Colombia to the United States in just 48 hours. He managed to do so because he had an ace up his sleeve: he had just built his first tunnel at the U.S. border.
The series stars Marco de la O (Tanto Amor) as Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán; Humberto Busto (Amores Perros) as Attorney Conrado Sol, aka “Don Sol” (an important political party figure); Juan Carlos Olivas (180°) as El Güero (Joaquín’s main partner); Alejandro Aguilar (“Rosario Tijeras”) as Toño (Joaquín’s main assassin); Tete Espinoza (“Wenses y Lala”) as Chío (Joaquín’s lover); Rodrigo Abed (Reevolución) as Amado (Mexican capo); Luis Rábago (Principio y Fin) as General Blanco (National Security Advisor); Cristina Michaus (El Tigre de Santa Julia) as Doña Esperanza (Joaquín’s mother); Valentina Acosta (“Señora Acero”) as Alejandra (Joaquín’s first wife); and Juliette Pardau (“De Todas Maneras Rosa”) as Graciela (Joaquín’s second wife). ‘El Chapo’ is created by Silvana Aguirre Zegarra and Carlos Contreras and produced by Daniel Posada. The first season is directed by Jose Manuel Cravioto and Ernesto Contreras.
Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, who has been accused by law enforcement of running the “largest drug trafficking organization in the world,” has long evaded authorities. After being captured by Mexican authorities in February 2014, Guzman escaped from a maximum security Mexican prison in July 2015 by crawling through an opening in the shower of his cell block that led to a mile-long tunnel to freedom. He was recaptured nearly six months later and extradited to the U.S. earlier this year. His next scheduled court appearance is on May 5, 2017.