Saturday 24 September 2016

Brother of late drug lord Pablo Escobar demands share of Netflix profits

Published 07/07/2016 | 17:16

Netflix is behind the Narcos drama
Netflix is behind the Narcos drama

The brother of late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar has reportedly demanded a share of the profits from the Netflix drama about his sibling and asked to review episodes of the upcoming second series for "validity of the materials".

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Roberto Escobar asked to look over the new series of Narcos , which chronicles the life of Pablo, before it is released.

Roberto said in a statement from Escobar Inc to Deadline: "I am submitting a formal, friendly request to review this material solely on an informational basis.

" 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."

Wagner Moura stars as the drug kingpin in the streaming service's critically acclaimed series, which also stars Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal as real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena.

In a letter to Netflix dated July 1 and obtained by TMZ, Roberto wrote: "In the first season of Narcos there were mistakes, lies and discrepancies from the real story, the story that I was not only part of making, but that I survived from.

"To this date I am one of few surviving members of the Medellin cartel. And I was Pablo's closest ally, managing his accounting and he is my brother for life."

He added: "I hope you are not profiting from my show, and if you are I ask you to share some profits with us."

Roberto Escobar registered successor-in-interest rights to his brother Pablo and the Escobar family name in California in 2015, the year Narcos premiered.

Olof K. Gustafsson, chief executive of Escobar Inc told Deadline: " We tried to contact Netflix after we had registered the rights to Pablo, prior to Narcos being released with no response.

"I think it is important that they recognise 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."

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