Mexican drug lord Guzman wanted to film biopic while on the run

Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on Jan 8, 2016.
Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on Jan 8, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman sought to make a biographical film while he was on the run, going as far as contacting producers, authorities said following his arrest on Friday (Jan 8).

Guzman was recaptured in his home state of Sinaloa, six months after his Hollywood-like escape from a maximum-security prison near Mexico City.

The manhunt led authorities back to Sinaloa and neighbouring states, where Guzman is revered as a sort of Robin Hood figure despite his Sinaloa drug cartel's notorious violence.

Attorney General Arely Gomez said an "important aspect that allowed us to locate him was that we discovered Guzman's intention to make a biographical film, for which he established contact with actresses and producers."

"The follow-up work allowed us to document meetings between attorneys of the now-detainee and these people," she said.

Ms Gomez did not provide more details, but she said the matter was part of a new line of investigation into Guzman's escape.

His July 11 prison break, in which he fled through an elaborate tunnel, has already inspired a Mexican production house, Dragon Films, which made a movie titled El Chapo: The Escape Of The Century.

Mexican media said this week that the film will premiere on Jan 15.