Karlee Leilani Perez is policing her future….
The 35-year-old part-Spanish and part-Cuban American actress, model and professional wrestler, best known for her work in WWE under the ring name Maxine, is partnering with executive producer Mark Canton to develop a new cop series.
The show, Miami River Cops (working title), is based on the life of former police officer Victor Zapata.
It will follow Zapata as a young Latin street cop, examining his encounters with drug dealers, racist commanders and his own corrupt motivations. Ultimately, it will watch as he and his closest friends are transformed from cops to criminals while chasing the American Dream in 1980s Miami.
The series is being scripted by James DiLapo and Sebastian Gutierrez. Canton and Perez will executive produce.
Miami River Cops is the first project to emerge from a 50-50 partnership deal Perez recently entered into with Canton’s Atmosphere Entertainment.
Perez is reportedly slated to produce a number of other projects under the deal.
“I could not be more excited to join this wonderfully talented team in creating this series that will powerfully connect the 80’s with modern times,” said Mark Canton. “It will be filled with twists and turns as the audience, through the eyes of the protagonist and his cop cohorts, experience the impact of losing touch with their sworn duty to protect and serve and instead turn to the dark side.”
Added Perez: “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share this story with the world. I appreciate Mark’s continued effort to empower women such as myself. Mark and Dorothy Canton are brilliant creatives and I look forward to collaborating with them.”