Roberto Escobar has sent a letter to Netflix asking to review the second season of its original series “Narcos” — which focuses on his brother, the late Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar — prior to its Sept. 2 premiere.
“I am submitting a formal, friendly request to review this material solely on an informational basis,” said Roberto Escobar in a statement. “It is depicting me, my life, my family and my brother. I think nobody else in the world is alive to determine the validity of the materials, but me.”
“Look, [Netflix] is based in California, I think they should consider working with me and my partner to make Roberto (Escobar) a happy man,” added Daniel D. Reitberg, COO of Escobar, Inc. “All he wants to do is review their show, and if they want to pay for such content reviewing services — that’s great!”
Roberto Escobar Gaviria, a.k.a. El Osito (the Teddy Bear), was the lead accountant and, for a time, in charge of the hitmen for the Medellin Cartel, the drug ring run by his younger brother Pablo Escobar Gaviria (played by Wagner Maura in the series), responsible for 89% of cocaine smuggled into the United States in the early ‘90s.
In 1992, Roberto surrendered to authorities in Colombia. The following year, his brother Pablo was killed in a firefight with Colombia National Police.
Since being release from prison in 2003, Roberto has authored a trio of books, “The Accountant’s Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellin Cartel: The True Story of Pablo Escobar” (2009), “Escobar: The Inside Story of Pablo Escobar, the World’s Most Powerful Criminal” (2009) and “Mi Hermano Pablo” (2008).
In 2014, Roberto founded Escobar, Inc., a private holding company based in Puerto Rico, the U.S. and Medellín, Colombia, and registered successor-in-interest rights for Pablo in the U.S. in all the states where such registration is available, including but not limited to California.
“We tried to contact Netflix after we had registered the rights to Pablo (Escobar) prior to ‘Narcos’ being released with no response,” says Escobar Inc. CEO Olof K. Gustafsson in a statement. “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 (Escobar) and Roberto (Escobar).”
Netflix has not responded to a request for comment at press time.