Friday 17 August 2018

Real DEA agents behind hit show 'Narcos' are planning new docu-drama TV series

Real life: DEA agents Javier Pena and Steve Murphy, whose take down of Pablo Escobar is documented in Netflix series ‘Narcos’
Real life: DEA agents Javier Pena and Steve Murphy, whose take down of Pablo Escobar is documented in Netflix series ‘Narcos’

The real life former DEA agents who were the inspiration behind Netflix's hit show Narcos have revealed they're working on a new TV series.

Steve Murphy and Javier Peña revealed to Today FM's Dermot & Dave that they are in negotiations for a new docu-drama about tackling the drug problem in the US.

Asked if they would consult on any more TV shows, Murphy said, “We can't really talk about it - we're actually negotiating a potential TV series now that would address some of the drug issues in the United States.”

Narcos has been a massive success for Netflix.  The first two seasons charted the rise of the cocaine trade in Columbia and drug kingpin Pablo Escobar as the DEA's crackdown, spearheaded by Murphy and Peña, which ultimately lead to Escobar's downfall.

Partners: DEA agents Javier Pena and Steve Murphy
Partners: DEA agents Javier Pena and Steve Murphy

The third season picks up after Escobar's fall and follows the DEA as they tackle the infamous Cali Cartel.

Speaking about the moment he heard of Escobar's death, Peña said, "To me it was just a feeling of elation, you know this guy killed a lot of people, killed some good friends of mine, so vengeance had been done."

Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal in 'Narcos'
Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal in 'Narcos'

In the popular Netflix's series, the two US Drug Enforcement Agents (DEA) are played by Pedro Pascal and Boyd Holbrook, and they revealed that they have developed close friendships with the actors over the years.

Murphy and Peña also revealed that they are writing a book.  They are also planning a tour of Ireland next month during which they will discuss capturing Escobar and the Carli Cartel.

Dermot and Dave recorded an extended podcast with Murphy and Peña which you can check out HERE

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