Netflix's El Chapo Series Is Reportedly Drawing a Lawsuit From the Man Himself

El Chapo will sue Netflix and Univision if they don't pay to use his name for the planned series.

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Andrés Granados, an attorney representing Joaquin "El Chapo" said Wednesday El Chapo plans to sue Netflix if the streaming site runs a show about the drug kingpin's life without compensating him. Earlier in May, Univision's Story House and Netflix announced they will be collaborating on a show about El Chapo's life.

Fittingly, the show is to be titled "El Chapo." Granados told the Associated Press that if Univision and Netflix want to use El Chapo's infamous nickname for the show, they're going to have to pay up. But at least El Chapo is willing to negotiate? Granados told the Associated Press:

If they air this, they are immediately going to be sued. They, by necessity, need the authorization of Mr. Guzman, because he is not dead. With great pleasure, we have the greatest willingness to negotiate with them.

El Chapo had previously given his life rights to Kate del Castillo, the Mexican soap opera actress who was involved with Sean Penn's Rolling Stone interview with Guzman and who, based on alleged text messages between del Castillo and El Chapo, the drug lord has a crush on. Del Castillo has a biopic about El Chapo in the works, despite being told by the Mexican government that she should stop production on the film.

The Associated Press​ reported El Chapo is currently imprisoned in Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican city bordering Texas. 

Univision and Netflix did not immediately reply to Complex's requests for comment. 

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