Netflix has just placed an order for its next series. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the streaming service ordered 10 episodes of “Narcos,” a drama about the Medellin Cartel and Pablo Escobar.
The project, slated to air in 2015, will star Wagner Moura as Escobar and will be directed by Jose Padilha. Moura and Padilha previously worked together on “Elite Squad,” a Brazillian crime film, and its sequel, "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within."
The sequel is reportedly Brazil's highest-grossing film of all time, ahead of "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands" and "Avatar."
Said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos: “Jose and Wagner together created one of the most sophisticated and chilling portraits of criminality and official corruption ever in their ‘Elite Squad’ movies. Their version of the Escobar saga will be like nothing ever seen before.”
“Narcos” will be filmed in Colombia.
“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,” Padilha said.
Next year’s slate of original shows will also include Netflix’s third season of “House of Cards” and a project starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.