Netflix Sets New Series From “Narcos” Showrunner Eric Newman

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Netflix orders a new limited series on the origins of the opioid crisis from Narcos: Mexico showrunner Eric Newman. 

The eight-episode series hails from a stellar team including Emmy-winning writing duo Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. The two will also serve as showrunners and executive produce alongside Alex Gibney. Peter Berg is attached to direct all episodes of the series.

“I’m grateful to Micah & Noah, and Alex for bringing this story to me. Noah and Micah’s narrative of how it happened, based on the spectacular reporting of Patrick Radden Keefe and Barry Meier, is heartbreaking and terrifying. I’m honored to be working with the great Alex Gibney and I’m thrilled that Peter Berg is coming on to direct it.”

“I am really charged to be a part of such an in-depth exploration of the genesis of the opioid travesty,” Berg said. “Companies that profit off of death and addiction are fair game to me when it comes to illuminating the realities of how they go about their business.”

Newman’s first project at the streaming giant was Hemlock Grove, followed by the acclaimed hit Narcos.