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Netflix Orders Series About Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar
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Narcos, which Netflix hopes will provide a look into the Medellin drug cartel that the famed drug kingpin co-founded, will be directed by RoboCop remake auteur José Padilha and run for an initial run of 10 episodes. Filming starts soon in Colombia

A new series about the life of famous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar is coming to Netflix. Narcos, which follows the exploits of the notorious Medellin drug cartel that Escobar co-founded, will premiere on the online streaming service in early 2015. Brazilian actor Wagner Moura will star as Escobar.

The series is being produced by Gaumont International Television and directed by Jose Padilha, who just helmed the remake of RoboCop. Padilha and Moura previously worked together on Elite Squad, a Brazilian thriller about a special forces unit in Brazil’s military.

Netflix has commissioned an initial run of 10 episodes for the show, which will begin filming in Colombia soon.

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