Netflix is making a new drama series about Mexican drug lord El Chapo


It was only so long before someone decided to dramatise the fascinating story of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman and Netflix has announced just that.

The online film and TV streaming service is co-producing the drama El Chapo alongside Univision Story House, Univision Communications Inc's (UCI) new development and production arm.

Joaquin El Chapo Guzman
(Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc, said: "El Chapo is a great example of how Univision continues to innovate and evolve with premium storytelling formats. The IP we've developed from more than 50 years of award-winning news and investigations gives us unique and innovative ways to tell stories in a way no other network can. We are pleased to deliver this groundbreaking series to audiences in the US and around the world."

El Chapo will be aired in the US on UniMas in 2017 before going on the US version of Netflix. For the rest of the world, including the UK, episodes of El Chapo will premiere exclusively on Netflix.

Joaquin El Chapo Guzman mug shot
(Federal Government of Mexico/AP)

Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, said: "We are thrilled to partner with the award-winning Univision Story House on the timely and globally relevant drama series based on the life story of El Chapo.

El Chapo most recently captured the attention of the world when he escaped from prison via a tunnel in July 2015. He was recaptured this year. It wasn't El Chapo's first escape though. He also escaped a maximum security prison in 2001 and was on the run for 13 years until his second arrest in 2014.