Sony Pictures Television said today that production has begun in Colombia on Bloque De Búsqueda, an original drama about the group that brought down cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. Sony TV will distribute the 70-episode, hourlong series to Latin America, the U.S. Hispanic market and around the world.
Bloque de Búsqueda (Search Bloc) stars Rafael Novoa — who toplines Sala De Urgencias, the Colombian adaptation of ER — Sebastian Martinez, Carolina Gomez and Veronica Orozco. It’s the latest TV adaptation of the Escobar saga, following Netflix rookie Narcos and Cortes, the Martin Scorsese-Benicio del Toro project that’s in development at HBO. Del Toro played Escobar in the 2014 film Paradise Lost, which Radius-TWC opened in June, and John Leguizamo has the role in the upcoming feature El Patron.
Bloque revolves around Col. Hernán Martín (Novoa) and Capt. Antonio Gavilán (Martinez), the men who created the elite Search Bloc task force to track down Escobar. Knowing the only way to catch a criminal was to think and act like one, they operated on the edge of the law, aligning with the drug lord’s enemies and putting their lives — as well as those of their families — on the line to bring Colombia’s most ruthless and elusive mobster to justice. Bryan Moreno and Laura Londoño co-star.
“There is a strong appetite across the region for smart scripted programming about real people and events,” says Angélica Guerra, SVP and Managing Director, Production, Latin America and U.S. Hispanic for Sony Pictures Television. “While many are familiar with Pablo Escobar, Bloque De Búsqueda explores the less-familiar story of the heroes who ultimately captured him and the tremendous impact that it had on their families.”
Jorg Hiller (Sala De Urgencias) is writing the series, which will be directed by Israel Sanchez and Rodrigo Lalinde. Luis Eduwardo Jimenez is the executive producer. Bloque De Búsqueda is the latest self-commissioned project from Sony Pictures TV, following En La Boca Del Lobo and Anónima.
“In this highly competitive TV market, we are continuing to raise the bar on local content with powerful and relevant storytelling,” says Alexander Marin, SVP International Distribution at Sony TV. “The fall of the world’s most notorious drug dealer continues to captivate people to this day, so we anticipate that Bloque De Búsqueda will have very broad appeal.”