Speculations have it that season 2 of Netflix’s original series “Narcos” may be delayed due to some issues the streaming giant is facing.
According to Yahoo! Finance, Roberto Escobar, the brother of the former Colombian drug kingpin whom the story is based on, is demanding $1 billion from Netflix for content rights. He has reportedly been asking the streaming service for months to show him the new season to see if there are any historical discrepancies. However, since he apparently has not received any replies, he is ready to take legal action.
Escobar claims he is “successor-in-interest rights” to the family and looked after his brother’s accounts for the Medellin Cartel drug operation. In a letter to Netflix, he stated that the rights of their kin are registered under a company called Escobar Inc., and they are insisting for a fair share of profits from the adapted series.
In an interview with Newsweek, Escobar shared, “The best way that it can be improved is for Netflix to get real recognize me since I have been a leader of the Medellin cartel. Once they recognize me, I may offer my services to edit the entire second season.”
“If they decline my offer we have attorneys ready to proceed with necessary actions,” he added.
Escobar hopes to resolve his grievances with Netflix but warned that if they do not talk to him, there may not even be a second season in the franchise. “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,” he added.
Escobar explained that his brother’s way of approving things constitute a thumbprint attached to them. Since he is now handling their businesses, the story should have signed off with him, along with company CEO Olof K. Gustafsson and chief operating officer Daniel Reitberg.
Netflix has yet to comment on the matter.
Season 2 of “Narcos” is slated to premiere on Friday, Sept. 2.