Infamous Mexican drug kingpin and escape artist El Chapo is set to get his own TV series detailing his rise to power in the Cartels.
The president and general manager at the History Channel Jana Bennett announced that the series called #Cartel, is currently being developed for his station, Complex reports.
In a statement, Bennett explained that #Cartel would examine how social media is vital to drug cartels for fighting rivals and recruiting new members, that’s why there’s a hashtag in the title.
The series would follow kingpin “El Chapo” Guzman’s rise to power. It’s a look inside the stranger-than-fiction world of drug cartels who use social media to maintain their image, recruit new members and threaten rivals.
#Cartel” is a story of power, money, sex and the human cost of the drug wars like none ever seen on television.
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The History Channel is banking on El Chapo’s popularity to win them an audience and his story’s pretty interesting.
Unlike other drug kingpins Guzman had both a fan following and relationships in the entertainment and music worlds that stretched past the Mexican border into the United States.
#Cartel is being written and produced by Chris Brancato, who has some experience with writing drug lords after scripting the Netflix original series Narcos which told the rise of Pablo Escobar.
The true story of El Chapo, fraught with murder, drugs, corruption and celebrity, has been and continues to be one of the most disturbing and fascinating of the past decade.Chris [Brancato] is the perfect person to bring this slice of modern history to the screen.”Advertisement
In a statement Brancato said he was “thrilled” about #Cartel adding, “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.”
Aside from his TV show, El Chapo’s also getting a biopic film from actress Kate del Castillo, who exchanged texts with the kingpin and who helped set up the infamous interview between him and Sean Penn.
Maybe Penn met him to audition?