The People Who Brought You ‘Narcos’ Are Making A TV Show About Drug Kingpin El Chapo


People are so intrigued by the notorious Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman that a TV show will be made about the Mexican drug lord’s tumultuous life. The show will be titled “#Cartel” and air on the History Channel. They were able to acquire a real pro when it comes to TV drug kingpin shows because they hired Chris Brancato. He is the co-creator and showrunner of the successful Netflix show Narcos, which revolves around the life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Deadline details the plot of the show:

#Cartel will explore the global drug wars through the true story of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, called the most powerful drug lord in history. Described as a story of power, money, sex and the human cost of the drug wars, the drama 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. Unlike drug lords of decades past, El Chapo, who reigned over the Mexican drug trafficking cartel for 25 years, has fan followings, with relationships in the entertainment and music industry that stretch past the Mexican border and into the United States.

“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,” said Jana Bennett, History’s president and general manager.

“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.

No word on whether Sean Penn will be available to play himself.

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