“Narcos” inventors make another drug series for Netflix: that’s what “Painkiller” is about

While Eric Newman’s Netflix series “Narcos” and “Narcos: Mexico” dealt with the drug mafia, his new series “Painkiller” will deal with addiction by prescription. We present the project to you.

In 1996, Purdue Pharma launched the prescription drug Oxycontin and through clever, aggressive marketing and lobbying, the drug was not only accessible to critically ill cancer patients, but could also be prescribed as an everyday pain reliever.

It wasn’t a secret that Oxycontin is addictive and has serious side effects – but the mass sale of the drug is apparently just too lucrative to be put off by. The severe opioid crisis that the United States is experiencing today began with these pain relievers and that is exactly what the new Netflix series “ Painkiller ” will be about .


As Variety reports, Eric Newman , inventor of the successful Netflix formats “Narcos” and “Narcos: Mexico”, is currently working on his new series “Painkiller”, which will consist of eight episodes . Peter Berg (“Boston”, “Deepwater Horizon”) will take a seat on the director’s chair  , the script was written by  Micah Fitzerman-Blue and  Noah Harpster (“Transparent”).

The basis for the series story is the report “The Family That Built An Empire Of Pain” ( The New Yorker ), in which the “opioid epidemic” triggered by the Sackler company Purdue Pharma is examined in detail . In addition, screenwriters will incorporate Barry Meier’s book “Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic” into their script.

How terrifying the US opioid crisis is becomes clear when you realize that more and more people have died from an overdose of these painkillers since the crisis began and many patients are switching to cheaper heroin. Addiction to strong analgesics is an everyday problem in America.

It is not yet clear when “Painkiller” will run on Netflix.

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Netflix brings “Game Of Thrones” star Kristofer Hivju for “The Witcher” season 2 – and the role fits perfectly!

From one fantasy saga to the next: Kristofer Hivju, who played fan favorite Tormund Giant Death in “Game Of Thrones”, is now becoming the hairy beast Nivellen in the second season of the Netflix series “The Witcher”.

The usually well-informed ” The Witcher ” fan site Redanian Intelligence has already suspected it, now it brings the confirmation: “Game Of Thrones” star  Kristofer Hivju is supposed to play in the second season of the Netflix series “The Witcher” and indeed slip into the role that RI already suspected.

If you don’t recognize Kristofer you can watch him in Game of Thrones on free2watch. So Hivju was cast for a role called “Nigel” and this is probably nothing more than a code name for Nivellen , because Nigel’s role description fits like a fist to this figure from Andrzej Sapkowski’s books: a charismatic, witty and humorous A man from a good family who was cursed at a young age. The role is also described as “physically demanding” and requires “a wide emotional range”.


Nigel / Nivellen will appear in the first episode of the second season, which should now confirm which adventure we should look forward to when we see Geralt von Riva ( Henry Cavill ) again: Nivellen’s story, which is strongly related to “Die Schöne und the Beast ” and the story“ A Grain of Truth ”from the short story collection“ The Last Wish ”comes from.

As a young man, Nivellen was cursed by a priestess for his many atrocities and turned into a huge, bear-like beast. Nivellen then retreated angrily and lonely to a remote property while the surrounding residents trembled in front of him. Only a woman’s love would save him.

That sounds like the perfect role for Hivju, who had already won the hearts of fans in ” Game Of Thrones ” as an ardent, bearded wildling.


Redanian Intelligence has also been able to learn part of the role descriptions for the second season. In view of the fact that the shooting has already started, we can now count on further actor confirmations at any time. Some could RI already have experience as the performer of the wizards Lambert ( Paul Bullion ) and Coen ( Yasen Atour ) and now Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen.

Fans of the books and games will be looking forward to the occupation of Vesemir with great excitement, Geralt’s mentor. For this part we are looking for a well-known actor – Mark Hamill, whom many fans would like to see , would be one. According to industry expert Daniel Richtman , the role has already been offered to stars such as  Michael Keaton and  Mads Mikkelsen , who both declined.

Other characters in season 2 include Dijkstra, leader of King Vizimir’s Redan Secret Service, a smart spy of gigantic physical proportions, and Rience, probably one of the bad guys of season 2, a cunning and sadistic magician who, according to the role description, “doesn’t shy away from anything to get what he wants “.

Season 2 of “The Witcher” is expected to come to Netflix in 2021. Still in 2020 we will see the animation “The Witcher” “ Nightmare Of The Wolf ”, with which Netflix shortens the waiting time for fans.

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In Siberia created the world’s first park mammoth and other extinct animals

The Russian authorities have decided not only to revive extinct species, but also to build a park in the far Siberia, where you can see all of them in their most natural environment.Service The Siberian Times reports that about such plans officially informed Vladimir Putin last September in Vladivostok, at the 4th East Economic Forum. Now, the plan began to be implemented. This incredible investment will sing at the beginning of the 6 million US dollars, but with the expansion of its funding will be gradually increased.Before a Pleistocene Park, will be built first special laboratory project North-Eastern Federal University. Ammosowa. Discovered in Siberia and collected in the well-preserved remains of mammoths, woolly rhinoceroses, cave lions and ancient breeds of horses, Russian scientists have used to clone and reproduction of these animals. In this historical shipments they will help them with the South Korean specialists Foundation Biotechnology Research SOOAM.In Siberia creation of the park mammoth and other extinct creatures. Fig. AP. The attempts to clone mammoths hear and play a good few years, but the world has not come to any representative of these beautiful and majestic animals that disappeared from the surface of the Earth over 10,000 years ago from the hand of man and climate change.According to the latest information, the Russian laboratory in Siberia to help accelerate the process of restoration of mammoths and other extinct animals. If everything goes according to plan, and it promises to be, because the project involved the same Vladimir Putin, then we can expect that in the early 20s a new world will become a tourist attraction Siberian Pleistocene Park.

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The first autonomous trains in China has accelerated to 350 km/h (video)

The Chinese authorities put on a high-speed travel around more and more dynamically developing country. The realization of this vision will help build one thousand kilometers of new lines, new trains and autonomous technologies.The Middle Kingdom again surprised the whole world. A few days ago there was the official opening of the fastest on the planet railway line trains operated only by fully autonomous. Until now, China could travel warehouses unattended by people with a speed of 200 km / h. Now the speed increased up to 350 km / h.The new line was established between Beijing and Zhangjiakou. Authorities intensively preparing for the Winter Olympics, which will take place in this country in 2022. organization of world-class sporting event requires providing rapid transport between the Chinese metropolises. The government puts so autonomous technologies because they are already at a level of development that can make life easier for millions of people, and at the same time take care of their safety.Route from Beijing to Zhangjiakou, so far can be overcome by train in 3 hours. Now it will be only 47 minutes, and you have to emphasize here that the train will stop at 10 stations. Score is therefore all the more impressive. China is famous in the world of high-speed railways. For years there autonomous functioning subway and rail based on the Maglev technology, which uses magnetic levitation phenomenon. Interestingly, as early as next year to be completed even faster Maglev trains, which will be able to travel at speeds exceeding 600 km / h. Elon Musk has recently announced that the Chinese authorities will help in the construction of the first railway sections Hyperloop. We can expect that the first rail network of the future that offers traveling at a speed of up to 1200 km / h, will be there in the second half of this decade.

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Porsche Taycan determined the best electric car in the world

Although it really is Tesla paved the way for electric cars and for many years was the best vehicle for such a drive in the world, now the new king became electricians Taycan from Porsche.At least, so say experts from the British motoryzacyjni The Sun. They had the opportunity to test all electric vehicles, which only emerged in recent years on the market, and unanimously believe that Taycan beats them all in the head at every level. Although the taste is not about talking, it is as loving greatest experts in combustion vehicles think they want to have ownership of it, this thing has to be on top of things.Model S from Tesla still sells well, and the best is yet to Elon Muskie, who a few days ago opened Gigafabrykę in China and has received over a billion dollars from investors for the further development of the company. It does not change the fact that the Model S begins already bored customers interested in electric vehicles.Experts stress that they start to be interested in cars of other companies. And here begins the forefront was Porsche with his Taycanem, which most likely will be considered an electric car by 2020. The 4S model is not only interesting from Tesla’s appearance, but also more thrilling and at the same time a luxurious interior.Reviewers believe that Taycan 4S is simply more refined and after driving it does not refer to the impression that plastic car with pain minimalist interior that is well known from Tesla. Porsche stresses that the 4S is a foretaste Tayce possibilities that will soon appear in the Turbo version. This is what she has finally smash Model S from Tesla. We will see.