Reelz readies doc special on El Chapo, Penn meeting

U.S. cable net Reelz has set a March air date for its hour-long doc special on the headline-making meeting between Sean Penn and Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.
February 25, 2016

U.S. cable net Reelz has set a March premiere for its hour-long doc special on the headline-making meeting between Sean Penn and Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

The special, titled El Chapo & Sean Penn: Bungle in the Jungle, is billed as a behind-the-scenes look inside the October 2015 encounter between Penn, actor Kate Del Castillo and Guzmán, who escaped from a high-security Mexican prison in July.

The special promises to reveal who orchestrated the meeting as well as the identities of two men who traveled with Penn. In addition, the net will delve into details behind Penn’s January 2016 article for Rolling Stone magazine detailing the correspondence, and Del Castillo’s own motivations for coordinating the meeting.

The special features interviews with Penn’s former assistant Tyrel Ventura; attorney and friend to Del Castillo, Vance Owen; The Wrap‘s editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman; comedian and relative to Guzmán, Paul Rodriguez; Narcos co-creator and producer Chris Brancato; immigration attorney and TV judge Cristina Perez; actor Maria Conchita Alonso; Daily Mail showbiz editor Natalie Trombetta; and an LA-based bail bond agent to drug cartels known simply as ‘Raquel.’

El Chapo & Sean Penn: Bungle in the Jungle will air on March 10 at 9 p.m. EST. It is produced by P&L Media and executive producer of the project is Peter Brennan.



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