Netflix Sets New Series From “Narcos” Showrunner

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Netflix orders a new limited series Painkillers from Narcos: Mexico showrunner Eric Newman. 

The eight-episode series delves into the origins of the opioid crisis and is based on The New Yorker article The Family That Built an Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe and the book Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic by Barry Meier.

Peter Berg is attached to direct all episodes of the series from a script penned by Emmy-winning writing duo Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.

“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.”