Whenever you're making a film or TV show based on a real-life criminal mastermind, you have to realize that you're potentially walking into a lion's den. If the crime lord, or his kin, are still alive, you have to deal with the very real possibility that they may have something to say or do about the depiction you're creating of them. Such is now the case for the makers of the Netflix series NARCOS.
While notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar is dead, his brother Roberto is still very much alive and it would appear he'd like to poke his nose around and take a sniff of what Netflix is working on for season two of NARCOS.
Variety is reporting that Escobar has sent a "formal, friendly request" to the makers of the show, and what he wants is to review season two before NARCOS hits Netflix on September 2nd.
"It is depicting me, my life, my family and my brother. I think nobody else in the world is alive to determine the validity of the materials, but me," Escobar said in a statement yesterday.
Apparently, the family tried to get involved- via Escobar Inc.- before season one was released, but Netflix ignored them.
Escobar Inc. CEO Olof K. Gustafsson added, "I think it is important that they recognize Roberto Escobar’s wishes to review the show they are putting out, ensuring the family and viewers of an accurate portrayal of Pablo and Roberto."
Apparently, all Roberto wants to do is review the series "solely on an informational basis" so that he can determine the validity of what the series depicts.
NARCOS tells the story Pablo Escobar and his rise through the Colombian drug trade on his way to becoming one of the most feared and notorious crime lords of our time. Wargner Moura plays Escobar.
This all comes several months after Escobar's son, Juan Pablo, slammed NARCOS. Last November, he claimed the series missed several key elements, and "is an insult to Colombia's history and to the thousands of victims of drug-trafficking."
Another recent example of real-life criminals- and/or their kin- having a say in their on-screen depictions was after last year's BLACK MASS hit theaters. Many of the central characters used in that film- which was about Whitey Bulger- decried the film, saying it wasn't true to what actually happened, or to how those people really are.
What do you think? Should Netflix allow the Escobars to get involved with NARCOS?