Just a few days after his extradition to the United States, Netflix and Univision have announced a premier date for El Chapo, their series about the notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
The series will debut in April of 2017 (although an exact date hasn’t been set yet), first on Univision and then on Netflix. Guzman’s exploits are known around the world, and since true crime shows are more popular than ever before, his story seemed like a natural fit. El Chapo will showcase the drug lord’s story, how he rose to power, how he evaded police and escaped prison twice, and just how much of an impact he’s really had on the world.
El Chapo has been accused of being the mastermind behind behind one of the world’s biggest drug trafficking operations. He evaded authorities for decades and even escaped from Mexican maximum security prisons twice. His last escape came in 2015, when it was discovered that he dug a mile long tunnel under his cell.
Today, El Chapo is facing 17 drug trafficking and money laundering counts thanks to more than $14 billion in drug sales in the U.S. and Canada.
Univision President and Chief Content Officer Camila Jimenez Villa said the series would “pull back the curtain on one of the most captivating criminals of our time by combining the world-class reporting and insights from Univision News’ investigative team with an outstanding team of talented storytellers and producers.”
The series has been in the works for almost a year, and was a part of an out of the ordinary deal between the two media companies. Netflix agreed to work with Univision to promote their service in Hispanic homes by showing the first seasons of the Netflix series Narcos and Club de Cuervos on Univision.
The History Channel has also announced a series about El Chapo, simply titled #Cartel (which is being headed by Chris Brancato, the co-creator of Netflix’s Narcos).