It wasn’t long before a TV series based on the infamous drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was created. History is developing a drama titled “#Cartel” from “Narcos” co-creator Chris Brancato, Deadline reports.
The series is set to explore the drug wars through the true story of El Chapo, described as a life full of power, money, sex and the human cost of the drug wars. “#Cartel” will chronicle the kingpin’s rise to power, taking a look inside the stranger-than-fiction world of drug cartels who use social media to maintain their image, recruit new members and threaten rivals.
“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,” Brancato said.
The show will be sans Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo and will not be based on specific source material instead relying solely on historical research.
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“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,” said network president and GM Jana Bennett about History’s first major scripted move. “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.”
El Chapo has reigned over the Mexican drug trafficking cartel for 25 years and made headlines when he escaped from a Mexican prison, only to be caught six-months later following his interview with Penn and Del Castillo. The Rolling Stone interview the actor published raised much controversy and many have questioned Del Castillo’s relationship with the drug lord. The actress currently has the feature rights to his life and is said to be working on a biopic.
“#Cartel” will be produced by ABC Signature. Brancato inked an overall deal with the cable/digital division of ABC Studios after his work on the first season of Netflix’s “Narcos,” which follows the life of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar.