Netflix and Colombia’s Caracol TV have inked an exclusive licensing deal for Caracol’s Surviving Pablo Escobar (aka Popeye) and hit series La Niña, giving Netflix exclusive first window and SVOD rights.
Under the deal, Surviving Pablo Escobar, which is still in development, and Colombian primetime ratings hit La Niña, will be available for streaming for Netflix members in Latin America, United States, Canada, Spain, Portugal and Andorra in the next 12 months.
Surviving Pablo Escobar is based on the book by John Jairo Velasquez (aka Popeye) leader of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s gang of assassins. The story recounts his life from the moment he decides to surrender to authorities to prevent the murder of the woman he was deeply in love.
Of course, Netflix also has its own Pablo Escobar-focused drama series Narcos, starring Wagner Moura as the drug kingpin, which premieres its second season in September. No word from Netflix on a possible third season, but Moura has indicated that Escobar’s story will wrap in Season 2 with the drug lord’s well-known death.
La Niña is a fact-based story that tells the story of a girl who was forcibly recruited by the guerrillas and lived firsthand the horror of war.