Netflix continues to expand its original programming lineup with decidedly varied and international content, and their latest offering is no different.
The streaing service announced today they’ve ordered 10-episodes of the Pablo Escobar drama ‘Narcos.’ From director José Padilha and starring Wagner Moura as the politician and drug lord Escobar, ‘Narcos’ is a dark crime saga that follows the rise of the Medellin Cartel and the prevalence of cocaine in the United States and Europe.
Padilha and Moura previously worked together on two films, the action drama ‘Elite Squad’ and its subsequent sequel (which is on Netflix), a pair of violent dramas that look to see its tone and themes lay a foundation for ‘Narcos.’
“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.”
Padilha also recently helmed the ‘RoboCop’ reboot, while Moura co-starred in the Matt Damon sci-fi thriller 'Elysium.'
Padilha, Eric Newman, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard and Chris Brancato will executive produce ‘Narcos,’ which will be shot in Colombia.
‘Narcos’ will embrace joining a slate of original programming that includes the very successful ‘House of Cards,’ ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ and the forthcoming Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda comedy, ‘Grace and Frankie.’ The series is slated to air in 2015.