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History Channel developing series based on the life of Mexican drug lord “Chapo” Guzman

May 4, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
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The History Channel have announced they have started developing a drama series with Narcos writer/producer Chris Brancato based on the real-life of the infamous boss of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin Guzman Loera better known as “El Chapo.”

According to The History Channel’s president and general manager, Jana Bennett, who made the announcement on Tuesday, the series will explore the story of Guzman’s involvement in the global drug wars, which will be titled “#Cartel.”

“We are expanding the canvas of topics covered by History Channel to include events of the recent past. So we are pleased to be teaming with Chris Brancato on this project,” Bennett said in a statement.

“The real-life story of El Chapo, fraught with drugs, corruption, murder, drugs, and celebrity, has been and continues to be one of the most fascinating and disturbing of the past decade. Chris is the perfect person to bring this slice of modern history to the screen.”

“I’ve always been an avid viewer of History, so it’s a thrill to work with them on this story about the intersection of technology and crime,” added Brancato. “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.”

Neither Bennett nor Brancato released any further details such as possible casting, or a premiere date.

In January, El Chapo was captured after spending 6 months on the lam following his brazen July escape from a maximum security prison.

Actress Kate del Castillo intentions to produce a biopic film based on Guzman’s life possibly lead authorities to the drug lord’s known whereabouts. The circus stemming from her involvement with El Chapo and his interview with actor Sean Penn for Rollingstone resulted in a worldwide media firestorm.

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