There’s no bigger legend in Tejano music than Selena Quintanilla Pérez. A captivating performer and gifted songwriter, the starlet’s talent earned her a Grammy and a place in music history forever. So loved by her fans, Selena played huge crowds around the world, even setting the record for the 2nd largest crowd to play the Astrodome. Tragically, Selena was taken from us far too soon. Her impact is still felt in the Latinidad and around the world 23 years after her death.
Fortunately, her stans will soonhave new Selena content to obsess over.
Netflix has announced a scripted dramatization of the Queen of Tejano’s life.
????Bidi Bidi Bom Bom ???? @SelenaLaLeyenda’s incredible life story is coming to Netflix as a scripted series! @selena_netflix was developed alongside and will be executive produced by The Quintanilla family #NetflixNewsWeek pic.twitter.com/5rljwl8k37
— Selena: The Series (@selena_netflix) December 11, 2018
Pitched as a coming-of-age-drama, the series will detail aspects of Selena’s rise to stardom. From performing at her father’s Mexican restaurant to her International success, “Selena: The Series” will bring new life to the star’s amazing story.
We aren’t the only one’s excited about a Selena TV show. Netflix handed down a straight-to-series order for this project. That means the streaming content site made a commitment to air the series without even seeing a pilot first! There’s no premiere date or episode details for the series as of yet.
Moisés Zamora of Chronic and 600 Mile fame is slated to write the series’ script. Zamora will also executive produce the series alongside Campanario Entertainment president Jaime Davila. Rico Martinez, Simran A. Singh, Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla and Selena’s father Abraham Quintanilla Jr. will also produce.
“Our scripted series will focus on the incredible story of a Mexican-American family,” Davila explained. “How an extraordinary young woman transcended categories and borders to become a global star.”
Talks of a Selena television series have popped up before in the past.
Very excited to to be getting a Selena series from Netflix. But it needs to be at least 80 episodes long like the Celia series was. Do it for the culture! (I still haven't finished it @CityThatReads ????) pic.twitter.com/JLwzRS7FeC
— Courtney☃️????❄️ (@CuppaCourtney) December 11, 2018
In 2016, Selena’s husband Chris Pérez announced plans to turn his book To Selena, With Love into a TV series. Legal disputes between Pérez and the Quintanilla family have stopped any further exploration.
On November 30th of this year, a Texas judge refused Pérez’s appeal to dismiss Abraham Quintanilla Jr.’s lawsuit that claimed the musician was in breach of contract by writing the book to begin with. After Selena’s death, the family patriarch had Pérez and the rest of the family sign contracts. These stated that, as executor of her estate, Quintanilla had exclusive rights to her name, image, and voice.
Luckily for us, this new Netflix series is 100% backed by the Quintanilla family.
— Curly Velasquez (@CurlyVee) December 11, 2018
“Selena will always have a lasting place in music history and we feel a great responsibility to do justice to her memory,” Suzette Quintanilla shared in a statement. “With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family and the impact she has had on all of our lives. We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.”
Though Selena lived such a short life, it was full of legendary achievements, love and laughter. So, there’s obviously countless Selena moments that we’re dying to see immortalized on our streaming devices.