‘El Chapo’ Series in the Works at Netflix, Univision

Drama based on life of famed Mexican drug lord will premiere next year

El Chapo Guzman

Netflix and Univision are getting in on the El Chapo business and will jointly develop a drama series based on the life of the famous drug lord.

“We are thrilled to partner with the award-winning Univision Story House on the timely and globally relevant drama series based on the life story of El Chapo,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, said in a statement.

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman made a media splash after a high-profile prison escape, interview with Sean Penn and subsequent recapture last year.

The announcement comes on the heels of Netflix’s unprecedented deal with Univision to air Season 1 of its original series “Narcos” on the Spanish-language network, the first time it has let a broadcaster run one of its shows.

This is also the second series based on El Chapo to be announced this month. History Channel unveiled its plan to develop “#Cartel” with “Narcos” creator Chris Brancato two weeks ago.

The untitled Netflix/Univision series will debut in 2017.