Netflix has handed a 10 episode series order to Narcos, a drama series about Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel. Brazil’s top film star Wagner Moura has been set as the lead in the project, which is set to enter production later this year for a 2015 premiere.
Narcos is described as an all-new take on the amazing story of the Medellin Cartel, headed by Pablo Escobar (Moura), and once the world’s most ambitious and violent trafficking organization. Gaumont International Television is producing the drama series, which is being executive produced by Jose Padilha, Eric Newman, Carlo Bernard and Chris Brancato.
“Jose and Wagner together created one of the most sophisticated and chilling portraits of criminality and official corruption ever in their Elite Squad movies,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “Their version of the Escobar saga will be like nothing ever seen before.”
While Katie O’Connell, Chief Executive Officer at Gaumont International Television, added: “We are so thrilled to be working with Jose and Eric on this gripping and timeless story. Netflix is the perfect partner to launch this series and we are happy to be working once again with the amazing team there.”
This marks the latest scripted project to get a green-light at Netflix as the streaming giant is making an aggressive push into originals. On the drama side that has included a drama series from the team behind Damages, Sense8 from Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczysnki and The Wachowskis, TWC’s Marco Polo and a package of four dramas and one mini-series from Marvel. For their part, Netflix are also making a push into comedy with Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.