Netflix orders ‘Griselda’ limited series from Narcos creator Eric Newman

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Netflix has officially unveiled a new Narcos– Limited series Esque from the same creative team behind Narcos. Title Griselda, the new limited series will consist of 6 episodes and is based on Griselda Blanco Restrepo with Sofia Vergara as the main character.

The Illuminderdi first reported on November 1 that Netflix was not done with the Narcos the franchise that still brings in a new spinoff series is in the works.

Although the project exists, the reality is that although a large part of the same team is involved in this project as Narcos, it’s entirely separate, there is no association or crossover between the shows.

For the context, NOTarcos is one of Netflix’s oldest franchises and by Friday will have released 60 episodes in total with three seasons for Narcos and three seasons for Narcos: Mexico.

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Narcos – Image: Guamont Television / Netflix

So with all of that said, let’s get into the details of what we know about the new Netflix limited series, Griselda.


What’s new Griselda Netflix series about?

This new limited series will focus on the famous cartel boss Griselda Blanco Restrepo who was also known by her other pseudonyms, be it La Madrina, the Black Widow, the queen of drug trafficking or the grandmother of cocaine.

This new limited series will consist of 6 episodes of 50 minutes and will tell about her reign at the top of the Medellín Cartel and how she exploited one of Miami’s biggest drug deals from the 1980s to the 2000s.

Catherine Zeta-Jones notably played the character in the TV movie Godmother of cocaine: the story of Griselda Blanco in 2018. Jennifer Lopez was notably planning to produce a film entitled The godmother too much.


Who is behind the new series?

Eric Newman, through his extensive global production contract with Netflix, will be the show’s creator and executive producer.

Doug Miro is attached as writer and producer for the new series. Miro has been a writer for both Narcos and Narcos: Mexico and is currently attached to HBO American lion. This is in addition to his cinematic work which includes The great wall, The unwanted, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

According to Netflix, the series had been in development for 8 years at Latin World Entertainment before finally landing on Netflix.

Ingrid Escajeda will be the showrunner of the new limited series. The veteran writer, showrunner and producer has worked on various TV shows in a variety of capacities, including most recently on Amazon. Sneaky pete, FX Justified, and APB.

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Doug Miro (left) and Ingrid Escajeda (right) – Photos: Getty Images

Colombian director Andrés Baiz is set to direct every episode of Griselda.


Who will play in the Griselda Netflix series?

As we mentioned, Sofia Vergara is the first name attached to the project.

The Colombian-American actress is perhaps best known in recent years for her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in Modern Family on ABC. She is also currently a judge on America’s Got Talent which started from season 15.

In a statement, Vergara said:

“Griselda Blanco was a larger than life character whose ruthless but ingenious tactics allowed her to rule a billion dollar empire years before most of the more notorious male kingpins we know so much about. delighted to have found the perfect partners in Eric, Andrés and Netflix to help us bring this story of his life to the screen.

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When the Griselda Start of production of the Netflix series?

The series will be shot in Los Angeles and Miami. The production dates are not clear, however. BTL Production Listings suggests that filming for the series has already started, while another source suggests from early 2022 until summer.

Based on this information, we shouldn’t expect to see the new Griselda limited series on Netflix until at least the end of 2022 but more likely in 2023.

We’ll keep this preview updated over time as we learn about new developments and additional castings.


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