Isabel Allende’s Trueba family is bringing magic realism to the screen once again. That’s right, mi gente! The family’s multi-generational story, first brought to readers in 1982 with the famed Chilean writer’s literary classic “House of Spirits,” is being put on the small screen thanks to Hulu.
The award-winning book is being adopted for the screen with Allende set to executive produce.
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According to Deadline, the streaming site, also behind the Golden Globe-winning television adapted series The Handmaid’s Tale, is only in the early stages of the TV series adaptation. Still, it has been confirmed that as development rolls into production, Allende will serve as the show’s executive producer. The show will be based off of the book that follows the story of the Trueba family, which endures tragedy, triumph and magic realism across three generations.
It’s not the first time a production company has tried to adapt Allende’s world-renowned book.
CREDIT: “House of Spirits” / Miramax Films
In 1993, Miramax Films, which was founded by Harvey Weinstein, adjusted the film for the screen while also committing major offenses to the book’s story, which mostly involved brownface. The film featured a non-Latino cast that included Meryl Streep and Winona Ryder as the Latina clairvoyant Clara del Valle Trueba and her daughter Blanca Trueba, respectively. The film was generally considered to be a flop. At the time, famed literary critic Roger Ebert gave the movie a 2 out of 4 star rating, writing, “What odd thinking must have gone into the casting of the movie: Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close form a checklist of the last actors you’d think of while reading the famous novel by Isabel Allende, widow of the slain Chilean leader.”
While the word is still out on what Hulu intends to do in terms of hiring for its cast and crew, we’ve got our fingers crossed that they’ll tap Latina directors and writers and make good on the original book by putting Latinos on the screen.
Here’s hoping Gina Rodriguez will be getting a sneak peak at the script soon!