A long-gestating biopic about Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera has lastly discovered its director. Gigi Saul Guerrero, who has been creating the pic with screenwriter Shane McKenzie, has now additionally signed on to helm the movie, which is permitted by the late artist’s property. Selection broke the information.
Because the supply particulars, “the film follows Rivera’s rise as a Spanish singer who efficiently crossed over to U.S. and international audiences, in addition to her work as a girls’s rights activist.” Rivera started her recording profession in 1992 and went on to turn into one of many best-selling regional Mexican artists ever, who additionally produced a number of TV sequence equivalent to “Chiquis & Raq-C” and “I Love Jenni” earlier than her tragic, premature loss of life in a airplane crash in 2012, aged 43.
Mentioned producer Donald De Line, “Gigi is so assured in her voice and storytelling and has an innate understanding of Jenni’s life. She’s going to honor Jenni’s legacy by presenting a portrait of this distinctive icon in a really genuine method.”
“Gigi’s distinctive imaginative and prescient and keenness for Jenni’s story made her a straightforward option to direct,” added Javier Chapa and Simon Sensible of Mucho Mas Media, additionally on board to supply. “As a Mexican filmmaker and artist on the rise, Gigi is, in some ways, choosing up the mantle which Jenni left to us. We’re excited she will likely be becoming a member of the workforce to convey the movie to Jenni’s wonderful followers.” Jenni Rivera Enterprises, which is headed by the singer’s sister, Rosie Rivera, will exec produce.
The movie is deliberate for launch by way of TelevisaUnivision’s premium streaming tier VIX+ and to display screen in choose theaters all through the U.S. and Mexico. “This unique movie will have a good time [Rivera’s] life and share how she impressed girls and younger generations on the whole to beat obstacles and stay their greatest lives,” mentioned TelevisaUnivision’s Augusto Rovegno, senior VP of acquisitions and SVOD programming.
Saul Guerrero made her function size directorial debut with “Tradition Shock,” an episode of Blumhouse Tv’s Hulu sequence “Into the Darkish,” adopted up by sophomore function “Bingo Hell.” She has additionally directed episodes of horror sequence “La Quinceañera” and “The Purge.” The filmmaker and actress was named by Selection in 2019 as a Latinx expertise to observe.