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Most Dangerous Drug-Runner In Modern Times Gets His Own TV Show

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JP Carroll National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter
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Mexican drug lord El Chapo will soon have a TV show based on his life made by the writer and co-creator of popular Netflix series Narcos.

Chris Brancato who is the writer of Narcos has now teamed up with History to produce a series called #Cartel. The new series is focuses on Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s climb in the drug trade. The series differs greatly from Narcos in that it is set within the past few years and is more modern.

The # in the name of the new series refers to how cartels are increasingly embracing social media culture as a way of maintaining relevance and enhancing notoriety. According to The Wrap, other aspects of cartel culture that will be explored are recruitment practices and the manner in which gangs deal with competitors.

Show creator Brancato told Deadline Hollywood that, “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.” A statement by History about their upcoming show stated in part, “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 is the perfect person to bring this slice of modern history to the screen.

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