Buena Vista Original Productions Developing New Series About Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa’s life is headed to the small screen…

Disney-owned production company Buena Vista Original Productions has announced a new series inspired by the life of the legendary Mexican revolutionary, entitled Centauro del Norte

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A fictionalized version of Villa’s life story, the series will begin with the historical figure, real name Doroteo Arango, as a young bandit during his adolescence in the Mexican pueblo of Durango, and tracks his rise and eventual establishment as the most influential player in the Mexican Revolutionbefore his eventual death, resulting from an ambush.

The 10-hour series, produced with Mexico’s BTF, will film on location across Mexico, in many places made famous through Villa’s exploits.

Looking to shed a light on lesser-known parts of Villa’s life, the series will take a multi-layered look at his historical legacy, his interpersonal contradictions and his life before becoming a revolutionary. Described in a press release as: “cruel, a womanizer, charismatic and ideological,” Villa is reviled by some and revered by many.

Centauro del Nortecontinues the noteworthy commitment shown by Buena Vista to bioseries, or true-life crime series, which has seen Leonardo Aranguibel, now BVOP head of general entertainment productions, spearhead high-profile hits from the ground breaking Hasta que te conocíSelena’s Secret– both produced with Mexico’s BTF Media, founding a partnership now reprised in Centauro del Norte– and the recent Monzón, a smash success in Argentina and winner of the best series Produ Awardat November’s Mip Cancun.

Recently announced Buena Vista Original Productions take in Santa Evita, about the extraordinary power exercised by Eva Perón, even after death, and Mariposas, set in 1950’s Dominican Republic and focusing on political activist Arantxa Garmendia. Also in the pipeline is Femicidios, one of the most ambitious drama series project ever in Latin America, portraying episodic, true-life stories of infamous cases of fatal gender violence in four countries in Latin America.

Trailer Released for Telemundo’s “El Secreto de Selena,” Starring Maya Zapata

The secret’s out for Maya Zapata

Telemundo has released the first trailer for the new series El Secreto de Selena, starring the 37-year-old Mexican actress as the slain Mexican American singer Selena Quintanilla, aka La Reina de la Musica Tejana.

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The story is an adaptation of the book also titled El Secreto de Selenawritten by Telemundo journalist Maria Celeste Arrarás and published in 1997.

The one-minute clip shows a ring falling to the ground and revisits the moment Arrarás goes on-air to announce the death of Selena. Then, the trailer shows fragments of scenes from the trial of Yolanda Saldivar(Selena’s convicted murderer) and showcases Saldivar’s behavior during different key moments, ranging from Selena’s wedding to Chris Perezto heavy discussions with the late singer.

In addition to Zapata, the series also stars Damayanti QuintanarSofía LamaJorge ZárateBaltimore Beltrán and Bárbara González.

Arrarás participated co-executive-produced the series with Fernando BarbosaLuis BalaguerLeonardo Aranguibel and Francisco Cordero

The series was produced by Buena Vista Original ProductionsMoconocoLatinWE and BTF Media.

El Secreto de Selena is set to premiere on Sunday, August 25, on Telemundo.