The brother of the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar has asked Netflix to review the second season of the hit series “Narcos” before its release.
Roberto Escobar said in a statement released on Tuesday by Escobar Inc. that he had sent Netflix a “friendly request” to review the material “solely on an informational basis.”
“It is depicting me, my life, my family and my brother,” the statement said. “I think nobody else in the world is alive to determine the validity of the materials, but me.”
Although Netflix has kept details of the second season of “Narcos” under wraps, it is understood that the shows will be available for the streaming service’s 81 million subscribers in August, with the death of the feared Medellin Cartel’s “Don Pablo” recreated in the finale.
The Colombian farmer’s son who became the world’s seventh-richest man with his ruthless dominance of the global cocaine trade was hunted for years before police killed him in his hometown of Medellin in 1993.
His brother Roberto was the cartel’s chief accountant and served a lengthy spell in prison. He wrote about the group’s exploits in a book entitled “The Accountant’s Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellin Cartel.”
During the height of its operations, the cartel brought in more than $60 million a day, providing 80 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States.
Olof Gustafsson, the CEO of Escobar Inc., said he had tried to reach Netflix about the new season but had gotten no response.
“I think it is important that they recognize 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,” he said in the statement.
Netflix could not be immediately reached for comment.