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Netflix, Univision join forces for 'El Chapo' series

By Marilyn Malara
Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman is arrested by Mexican marines on February 22, 2014. Netflix and Univision have announced plans for a series based on the infamous drug trafficker, who escaped prison at least twice before being re-apprehended. File Photo courtesy of PGR/Mexican Federal Government
Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman is arrested by Mexican marines on February 22, 2014. Netflix and Univision have announced plans for a series based on the infamous drug trafficker, who escaped prison at least twice before being re-apprehended. File Photo courtesy of PGR/Mexican Federal Government

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- Another El Chapo-based series is in the works following History's announcement of #Cartel, and this time it's coming from a partnership between powerhouses Netflix and Univision.

Titled El Chapo, the drama series will display the life story of infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Set for opening worldwide exclusively on Netflix in 2017, it will first air on Univision's UniMás, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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"El Chapo is a great example of how Univision continues to innovate and evolve with premium storytelling formats. The IP we've developed from more than 50 years of award-winning news and investigations gives us unique and innovative ways to tell stories in a way no other network can," said Randy Falco, Univision Communications CEO.

"We are pleased to deliver this groundbreaking series to audiences in the U.S. and around the world."

Earlier this month, the History channel announced it will air its own scripted series about the recently re-captured Guzman titled #Cartel, from Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato.

That series will follow the kingpin's rise to power as well as his friendly connections with celebrities and others in the entertainment and music industry. The series is still in the works at becoming ongoing, but it will potentially be produced by ABC, Variety reported.

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The channel is also running a documentary this week on the notorious drug trafficker titled The Rise and Fall of El Chapo.

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