The biopic about controversial Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi has universal appeal…
Universal Pictures International will distribute Gloria in the 46-year-old Monterrey, Mexico-born pop-rock singer’s home country.
Gloria is slated to open south of the border on September 5 in 1,000-plus theaters, a large release by Mexican standards.
Trevi was often referred to as the “Mexican Madonna” for her provocative lyrics and edgy performances in the 1990s. Her career came crashing down in the late ’90s, after she and her former manager were accused of luring young girls into a cult-like pornographic ring. Trevi went on the lam and was later arrested in Brazil, where she was held in prison for more than four years. She was released in 2004 when a court found her innocent on charges of kidnapping, rape and corruption of minors.
In December, Trevi’s lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to the producers claiming that the production was using an unauthorized script about the singer-songwriter’s life.
At a Sunday music awards event in Miami, Trevi told The Associated Press that the producers “deceived” her and that the script contained “lies.”
The film’s producers say they have a notarized contract signed by Trevi, plus they claim that she approved of the screenplay.
“The contract is not subject to script authorization on behalf of Gloria Trevi,” a producer’s statement said. “In fact, she read the screenplay in 2010, was fully in agreement and even passed along some notes which have since been included.”
Directed by first-time helmer Christian Keller, Gloria stars Sofia Espinosa, who appeared in the HBO prison drama Capadocia.