The story of Pablo Escobar certainly makes for good TV.
Netflix recently announced plans to produce Narcos, a new series about the infamous Colombian cartel boss. According to Spanish wire service EFE and The Huffington Post, Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha will direct the series.
The digital content provided ordered 10 seasons of the series, which will star Brazilian actor Wagner Moura as Escobar. The series will debut in early 2015, and will begin filming soon in Colombia.
Padilha and Moura have worked together professionally in the past. Padilha, who directed this year’s Robocop reboot, worked with Moura on two Brazilian crime films: Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within.
“Jose and Wagner together created one of the most sophisticated and chilling portraits of criminality and official corruption ever in their Elite Squad movies,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarrandos said in a statement. “The version of the Escobar saga will be like nothing ever seen before.”
Pablo Escobar terrorized Colombia as the head of the notorious Cartel de Medellín for two decades until he was killed by Colombian soldiers in December 1993. “Our idea is to tell the true story of how cocaine became such a huge problem in the U.S. and Europe — and how it all started here in Medellín,” Padilha said.
Narcos isn’t the only project in the works about the drug kingpin. Benicio Del Toro will portray Escobar in upcoming flick Paradise Lost, a movie that centers upon Escobar’s niece.
Additionally, last year, John Leguizamo was cast as Escobar for the biopic The King of Cocaine, which has no release date yet. The Colombian-American actor spent $15,000 of his own money to purchase a fat suit and prosthetci make-up to transform himself and secure the role.