BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Brazil's top film star Wagner Moura will bring back to life the charismatic trafficker and politician Pablo Escobar in a Netflix Original Series Narcos from acclaimed director Jose Padilha and Gaumont International Television.
An all-new take on the amazing story of the Medellin Cartel, once the world's most ambitious and violent trafficking organization, Narcos reunites the creators of the ultimate Brazilian cop action and political film, Elite Squad: Moura (Elysium) and Padilha (Robocop).
Executive produced by Padilha, Eric Newman (Children of Men), the team of Doug Miro and Carlos Bernard (Sorcerer's Apprentice), and Chris Brancato (Hannibal), the ten episode initial season of Narcos will soon begin filming in Colombia with the series arriving in all Netflix territories in early 2015.
"Jose and Wagner together created one of the most sophisticated and chilling portraits of criminality and official corruption ever in their Elite Squad movies," said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. "Their version of the Escobar saga will be like nothing ever seen before."
"Our idea is to tell the true story of how cocaine became such a huge problem in the U.S. and Europe – and how it all started here in Medellin," said Padilha, now preparing Narcos in Colombia.
"We are so thrilled to be working with Jose and Eric on this gripping and timeless story," said Katie O'Connell, Chief Executive Officer, Gaumont International Television. "Netflix is the perfect partner to launch this series and we are happy to be working once again with the amazing team there."
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About Gaumont International Television
Gaumont International Television is a production and distribution studio based in Los Angeles and part of Gaumont, the legendary European-based motion picture studio. Gaumont, formed in 1895, is one of the main European production companies with a film library holding over 900 titles. As an independent studio, Gaumont International Television is producing high-quality drama and comedy television programming for the U.S. and international markets with a number of projects currently in the works, including the second season of Hannibal for NBC, the second season of Hemlock Grove for Netflix and Barbarella for Amazon and Canal Plus.