After the chairman of Nissan was arrested for a variety of financial crimes, he fled custody with the aid of a former Green Beret — and was smuggled out in a box. He’s still a fugitive today. These amazing events are the subject of Wanted: The Escape of Carlos Ghosn, a documentary series premiering on Apple TV+ in August.
A trailer for the four-part docuseries debuted Tuesday, offering a glimpse at the bizarre story.
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Wanted: The Escape of Carlos Ghosn explores a story that made global headlines
The events surrounding millionaire businessman Carlos Ghosn sound like the plot for a bad soap opera with an unbelievably over-the-top main character. But it all really happened.
Apple TV+ says its documentary will tell “the riveting story of CEO-turned-fugitive Carlos Ghosn, including his reign of power, shocking arrest, and calculated getaway that stunned the world.”
Watch the trailer for a first look:
You can’t make this stuff up
For anyone who doesn’t remember the headlines from 2018, Carlos Ghosn led various car companies in his career, culminating as CEO of Nissan starting in 2001. He was very successful in the role and is credited with saving Nissan from bankruptcy. He was lauded for his success, especially in Japan — so much so there’s a manga about him.
However, Japanese authorities arrested Ghosn in 2018. They accused him of a lengthy list of financial crimes, including having Nissan pay for his homes in Rio de Janeiro, Beirut, Paris and Amsterdam. He also allegedly embezzled at least $16.6 million, and underreported his salary on tax filings.
All that is “alleged” because he hasn’t been convicted. While out on bail in Japan pending trial, he hired Mike Taylor, the former Green Beret, to help him escape. Ghosn now lives openly in Beirut where he can’t be extradited.
A serious look at a crazy story
Wanted: The Escape of Carlos Ghosn is directed by Emmy winner James Jones.
In an interview with Variety, Jones said, “We were given the time and space across four films to really speak to everyone involved. We got access to Ghosn and his wife who spoke very frankly with us.”
Taylor, the former Green Beret who smuggled Ghosn out of Japan and spent two years in prison for the crime, is also interviewed.
The documentary series is inspired by the book Boundless: The Rise, Fall, and Escape of Carlos Ghosn by The Wall Street Journal reporters Nick Kostov and Sean McLain, according to Variety.
Wanted: The Escape of Carlos Ghosn premieres August 25 on Apple TV+. Watching comes with a $6.99 per month subscription to the video streaming service.