Though filming is well underway on the Entourage movie, an actual Medellin is coming to the small screen. Netflix has announced the original drama series Narcos, which will tell the story of the Medellin Cartel with Wagner Moura (Elysium) set to play trafficker and politician Pablo Escobar. The project reunites Moura with his Elite Squad director Jose Padilha, who will serve as an executive producer on the series. Padilha most recently helmed the big-screen RoboCop remake, though it’s unclear if he’ll also be directing episodes of Narcos. His stated goal with the show 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 in Medellin.”
Netflix has ordered an initial 10-episode season of Narcos, which will shoot in Colombia and debut on the streaming service in early 2015. Hit the jump for news concerning a straight-to-series order for a Charles Manson-focused drama starring David Duchovny.
Additionally, NBC has ordered 13 episodes of the new drama Aquarius, which takes place in the late 1960s and will see David Duchovny playing a Los Angeles police sergeant tracking a budding cult leader by the name of Charles Manson. John McNamara (In Plain Sight) will executive produce the series alongside Duchovny, and the show will essentially chart the lead-up to the Manson murders. Duchovny is just coming off of Showtime’s Californication, which wraps up its final season this summer.
Read the press release concerning Aquarius below, followed by the press release for Narcos:
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — March 31, 2014 — NBC has given a straight-to-series 13-episode order for the drama “Aquarius,” starring two-time Golden Globe Award winner David Duchovny in his return to broadcast television.
In this gripping drama series set in the late 1960s, Duchovny stars as a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life who starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause.” The name of that man is Charles Manson. The twists and turns of a complicated undercover operation will lead Duchovny’s character and his young partner to the brink of Manson’s crimes that will eventually lead to the Tate-LaBianca murders in subsequent seasons.
Writer John McNamara (“In Plain Sight,” “Profit”) will executive produce with Duchovny, Marty Adelstein (“Prison Break,” “Last Man Standing”) and Melanie Greene.
“Event series are a big priority for us, and the combination of a show that charts the lead-up to the Manson murders, along with a television star of the magnitude of David Duchovny, is the very definition of an event,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to be working with these talented producers, including Marty Adelstein and creator John McNamara, to present something truly original.”
“After being involved in the production of both ‘The X-Files’ and ‘Californication,’ it gives me great pleasure to work with David Duchovny for the third time on this compelling drama,” added Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “I’m especially pleased that he wanted to come to NBC where I know there is a big audience waiting to see him.”
Added Duchovny: “I’m thrilled to be working with Bob Greenblatt again and coming back to broadcast television. I think ‘Aquarius’ has a chance to be a special show and I can’t wait to get going.”
Duchovny is a TV veteran who had a recurring role on the hit show “Twin Peaks” before co-starring for nine seasons as Fox Mulder in the iconic series “The X-Files,” with Gillian Anderson. In April, he will begin his seventh season on Showtime’s comedy “Californication.”
Duchovny won Golden Globes for both “The X-Files” and “Californication” and has been nominated on seven other occasions for his work on those landmark series. He has received four Emmy nominations — two for lead actor in a drama for “The X-Files” and as a guest actor for “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Life with Bonnie.”
Beverly Hills, California – April 1, 2014 – Brazil’s top film star Wagner Moura will bring back to life the charismatic trafficker and politician Pablo Escobar in a Netflix Original Series Narcos from acclaimed director Jose Padilha and Gaumont International Television.
An all-new take on the amazing story of the Medellin Cartel, once the world’s most ambitious and violent trafficking organization, Narcos reunites the creators of the ultimate Brazilian cop action and political film, Elite Squad: Moura (Elysium) and Padilha (Robocop).
Executive produced by Padilha, Eric Newman (Children of Men), the team of Doug Miro and Carlos Bernard (Sorcerer’s Apprentice), and Chris Brancato (Hannibal), the ten episode initial season of Narcos will soon begin filming in Colombia with the series arriving in all Netflix territories in early 2015.
“Jose and Wagner together created one of the most sophisticated and chilling portraits of criminality and official corruption ever in their Elite Squad movies,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “Their version of the Escobar saga will be like nothing ever seen before.”
“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,” said Padilha, now preparing Narcos in Colombia.
“We are so thrilled to be working with Jose and Eric on this gripping and timeless story,” said Katie O’Connell, Chief Executive Officer, Gaumont International Television. “Netflix is the perfect partner to launch this series and we are happy to be working once again with the amazing team there.”