Peter Berg, ‘Narcos’ Showrunner Tackling Netflix Opioid Crisis Limited Series ‘Painkiller’

Eric Newman, who has been inspecting the drug commerce in Colombia and Mexico as showrunner of Netflix’s Narcos and Narcos: Mexico, is popping his consideration to the opioid disaster in America with Painkiller, a restricted drama sequence for the streamer the place he’s below an total deal.

Peter Berg (The Leftovers, Friday Night time Lights) will direct all eight episodes of the restricted sequence, written by A Stunning Day within the Neighborhood scribes Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.

Oscar and Emmy winner Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Jail of Perception) will govt produce the sequence, which traces the origins of the opioid disaster.

Newman (Kids of Males) will govt produce as a part of his total cope with Netflix. Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster, Emmy nominees for his or her work on Amazon’s Clear, will function govt producers and showrunners.

The New Yorker article ‘The Household That Constructed an Empire of Ache’ by Patrick Radden Keefe and the guide Ache Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic by Pulitzer-Prize profitable journalist and creator Barry Meier function underlying materials for the sequence, with Keefe and Meier on board as consultants.

“Eric Newman has masterfully chronicled the drug commerce for years, and now I’m excited to see him be part of forces with the unbelievable Alex Gibney, Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster to take a extra expansive view of the opioid epidemic,” stated Cindy Holland, VP Content material at Netflix: “Mixed with the directing of Peter Berg, Painkiller guarantees to be a robust look behind the headlines of a tragedy occurring in actual time.”

Newman’s first venture at Netflix was Hemlock Grove, the second unique sequence that the Web community commissioned. That was adopted by the worldwide hit Narcos, on which Newman has been govt producer for the reason that begin and showrunner since Season 2, transitioning in the identical function to Narcos: Mexico. On the function aspect, he’s behind Netflix’s hit Shiny.

“A tragedy many years within the making, the opioid disaster has grow to be probably the most devastating public well being crises of our time,” Newman stated. “Not like different drug epidemics, born from underground manufacturing and covert smuggling, this epidemic started by prescription — distributed by medical doctors, authorized by authorities regulators and promoted by a family-owned pharmaceutical big that made billions whereas betraying the belief of sufferers and the general public. I’m grateful to Micah & Noah and Alex for bringing this story to me. Noah and Micah’s narrative of the way it occurred, primarily based on the spectacular reporting of Patrick Radden Keefe and Barry Meier, is heartbreaking and terrifying. I’m honored to be working with the good Alex Gibney, and I’m thrilled that Peter Berg is approaching to direct it.”

Berg gained a Sports activities Emmy for Excellent Quick Sports activities Documentary for State of Play.

“I’m actually charged to be part of such an in-depth exploration of the genesis of the opioid travesty,” he stated. “Firms that revenue off of loss of life and dependancy are truthful sport to me in the case of illuminating the realities of how they go about their enterprise.”

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