July 7, 2016


Pablo Escobar's Brother Demands $1 Billion From Netflix, Requests to Review 'Narcos'

Daniel Daza/Netflix
Daniel Daza/Netflix

Narcos is one of the most talked-about series to come out of Netflix, but there is one person in particular who isn't happy about its success. According to Newsweek, Roberto Escobar—the brother of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo—submitted a “formal, friendly request” (published by TMZ) to review the upcoming second season prior to its Fall premiere.

His reasoning behind the request is due to the “mistakes, lies and inaccuracies from the real story” shown in the first season, which portrayed Pablo's rise in the cocaine industry and creation of the Medellin cartel. Roberto, who worked as his brother's accountant, explains that he was "Pablo's closest ally".

Roberto continues in his letter,

"It is my wish that you do not release any Narcos television show or any other show or shows depicting me, my family or my brother Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, unless I am given the rightful opportunity to review this material."

He then ends with this kind-of-menacing line: "All we want to do is make sure that things are done right. My brother would not have liked season 1, maybe he will enjoy season 2 if you respond me and we solve this issue."

If that wasn't enough, Roberto is also demanding $1 billion from Netflix. He stated via Escobar Inc. COO Daniel D. Reitberg:

"If they decline my offer we have attorneys ready to proceed with necessary actions. I don't think there will be any more Narcos if they do not talk to me. You have to pay to play, and they are playing me without paying. I am not a monkey in a circus, I don’t work for pennies. A billion is what we used to make in a good week in the 1980s and 1990s. Apparently money is now growing on trees in favor of Netflix after my show was released. They should pay me immediately.”

Granted everything goes smoothly, season two of Narcos will premiere on Sept. 2 with all 10 episodes. Get yourself in the small-screen spirit by flipping through our roundup of 10 TV shows that turn 10 this year.