Netflix may be taking the legal threat of the brother of Pablo Escobar seriously as the latest promo pictures for Season 2 of the American crime drama TV series “Narcos” no longer focuses heavily on the character.
Pablo’s brother, Roberto, is reportedly claiming $1 billion from Netflix for using the rights of the drug kingpin on “Narcos.” Subsequently, rumors started going around that the producers and the streaming service will speed up the demise of Escobar in the TV series all the more.
Roberto Escobar publicly came out recently claiming that he has the successor-in-interest rights to the Escobar family and demanded a staggering $1 billion from Netflix for using the content rights without their permission.
In a letter to Netflix, Roberto stated that the rights of the Escobar family and Pablo Escobar’s life are registered under the company called Escobar, Inc.
Escobar also insisted on reviewing the second season of “Narcos” as he believes that there were glaring mistakes, lies, and discrepancies from the real story of his brother Pablo during Season 1.
Still no comment from Netflix
Netflix has yet to officially comment on the claims of Roberto but it seems that the streaming service is taking the safer side by skirting altogether the issue by avoiding giving too much emphasis on Pablo Escobar in Season 2 of “Narcos.”
Even the description of the show is no longer concentrated on the life of Pablo Escobar, which the show highlighted too well during its Season 1, notes ComingSoon.net.
The most exciting news is that despite the impending legal threat being poised by Escobar’s family on Netflix, the streaming service is set to unveil Season 2 of “Narcos” on September 2.
“Narcos” details the gripping real-life stories of the infamous drug kingpins of the late 1980s and corroborative efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in a brutal, bloody conflict.
The show also explores the many, often conflicting forces that clash in the effort to control cocaine, one of the world’s most valuable commodities, cites Indiewire.
Unlike before when only Brazilian actor Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar is being mentioned whenever articles or stories about “Narcos” are published, the latest promo from Netflix is saying that the TV show shall also star Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal as real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena, respectively.
Jose Padilha and Eric Newman are serving as co-executive producers of the series and they have been promoted following the departure of the third executive producer of “Narcos” right after the Season 1 finale.
It has already been confirmed by the showrunners of “Narcos” that its Season 2 shall see the death of Columbian drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar, some 18 months after his escape from La Catedral Prison.
According to latest reports, the second season shall not immediately zero in on the death of Escobar in Medellin but shall also focus more on how the drug kingpin continuously avoided and evaded Columbian authorities who were out to get him.
Pablo Escobar is a notorious drug dealer not only in Columbia but also in the United States. In fact, during his time, he was the one who supplied 80% of cocaine into the American border.
Pulling all stops to halt Season 2
As to the $1 billion claim of Roberto, he said that if Netflix would decline his offer, he will instruct the family’s lawyers to do the necessary legal actions and take Netflix to court.
Roberto also said that he does not think that there will be a Season 2 of “Narcos” if Netflix does not talk to him. He added that they have to pay to play because Netflix has been playing without paying the family.