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History channel developing drama series about El Chapo Guzman

By Karen Butler
Photo of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman courtesy of Mexico's Attorney General
Photo of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman courtesy of Mexico's Attorney General

NEW YORK, May 3 (UPI) -- History says it is working with Narcos writer/producer Chris Brancato on #Cartel, an original drama series about real-life, drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Jana Bennett, the channel's president and general manager, made the announcement Tuesday.

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"As we expand the canvas of topics covered by History to include events of the recent past, we are pleased to be teaming with Chris Brancato on this project," Bennett said in a statement. "The true story of El Chapo, fraught with murder, drugs, corruption and celebrity, has been and continues to be one of the most disturbing and fascinating of the past decade. Chris is the perfect person to bring this slice of modern history to the screen."

"I've long been an avid viewer of History, so it's a thrill to work with them on this story about the intersection of technology and crime," added Brancato. "The show is a metaphor for the lives we present on the Internet, the secret selves we reveal in supposedly private communication, and the risks of not-so-humble-bragging on social media."

No casting or anticipated premiere date were announced.

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