“La Reina del Sur” one of the highest rated Spanish soap operas, is being produced in English by Fox Television Studios.
The soap opera was a Telemundo 2011 blockbuster and the network’s most expensive soap opera production—with a $10 million budget, reports Deadline Hollywood.
The show was, according to Deadline, “the highest-rated program in the Spanish-language network’s 19-year history, averaging nearly 4.2 million total viewers, and more than 2.8 million viewers adults 18-49.”
The soap opera is based on Arturo Perez-Reverte’s bestselling book with the same title, “La Reina del Sur”—or in English “Queen of the South.”
The story is about a young Mexican heroine named Teresa Mendoza, whose personal tragedy leads her to vengeance. After her boyfriend is murdered she creates a drug empire where she is dealing with the biggest cartels and mafias in Spain, France, Italy and Russia.
Kate del Castillo is playing the title role in the 63-episode suspense series in its second run on Mun2 that premiered on Feb. 29. The show is being aired with English subtitles, for those who can’t wait for the full English version.
Details on the English production are still in the works. According to Deadline, Fox TV Studios president David Madden said the show would be produced as a one-hour crime drama series. Madden told the publication that, “I could see it run on Showtime or FX, but I can also see an ABC version of the show.”
Our biggest question is who’ll play the lead? How are they going to film it?
Read it at Deadline Hollywood