ABC will soon launch a TV show inspired by the life of Selena Quintanilla, the Texas-born, Mexican-American ‘90s pop icon. Selena (not Gomez) was poised to become a huge crossover artist in Latin America before she was murdered at the tragically young age of 23.
I adore her, and her fans find new and unexpected ways to honor her every year, so let me say it now: This show better not suck.
According to Deadline, ABC tapped Scooter Braun (the man about town who manages teen sensations Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and others) as executive producer and Miguel Nolla (previously of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy) as writer. Probably not the people I would have chosen, but no one asked me, so fine.
On the bright side, Selena’s father and sister—Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. and Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga—are throwing their support behind the ABC project, a rare move for a family that has kept a tight lid on the late singer’s legacy and strict control over the ways in which she is memorialized by filmmakers and brands. (For context: Actor Edward James Olmos, who played Abraham in the 1997 Selena biopic, said the real Abraham was on-set every day. In 2015, a Nevada company called Acrovirt LLC, approached the Quintanilla family about re-creating Selena’s image as a walking, talking hologram; after many meetings, the Quintanillas agreed to the project, only to pull out a year later.)
But the ABC show is not strictly biographical—which may be why Abraham and Suzette are onboard. It does, however, sound like the show will have some dark overtones, so I hope Nolla doesn’t overdo it. From Deadline:
The untitled drama, which is not biographical, focuses on Alex Guerra, a chart-topping, award-winning pop star who has been estranged from her family for five years. She tries to pick up the pieces when a crisis forces her to return home to Texas, juggling a love triangle, the demands of her career, and the dark secrets of the family that she now desperately wants to win back.
This radically deviates from the actual life of Selena, which every hardcore fan and/or person who’s watched Jennifer Lopez sing “Como La Flor” in the 1997 biopic that high school Spanish teachers across the country seem love, would know.
In short, I’m skeptical, but leaving room to be surprised. Best of luck to all of those involved!