A documentary on the Sean Penn-El Chapo saga rolls out next month, with cable channel Reelz announcing that “El Chapo & Sean Penn: Bungle in the Jungle” will premiere Thursday, March 10, at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
The one-hour special will be spotlighted on a night of special programming on high-profile crime and scandal, with three episodes of “Gangsters: America’s Most Evil” leading up to the premiere. Leading out from “Bungle in the Jungle,” Reelz will air “Celebrity Damage Control — Sean Penn,” focusing on the actor’s reputation for controversy and his confrontational relationship with the paparazzi.
The Sean Penn-El Chapo incident is “a story Hollywood drools over: a ruthless real-world villain seeks the help of an Oscar-winning actor and a glamorous actress to immortalize him on the big screen,” Reelz says in its announcement. “For actor Sean Penn, Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known as ‘El Chapo’ (the shorty), was to be his ‘Treasure of the Sierra Madre.’ The most wanted, most dangerous and richest drug lord in the world agreed to meet Penn in the remote mountains of Sinaloa, Mexico, to grant the first and only interview since he escaped from Mexico’s top security prison.”
The announcement adds: “‘El Chapo & Sean Penn: Bungle in the Jungle’ is a behind-the-scenes look inside that ill-fated rendezvous among Penn, El Chapo and actress Kate Del Castillo and will reveal who orchestrated the meeting and the identities of the two mystery men traveling with Penn. Plus, find out the shocking details behind Penn’s widely criticized Rolling Stone article and what the real motive was for Castillo to set up a meeting that could have led to both her and Penn’s deaths.”
Here’s what Penn had to say last month about his visit to El Chapo during an interview with Charlie Rose aired by CBS: