Picking up its latest original series from Mexico, Netflix has ordered Monarca, a family drama produced by Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa Productions.
Created by Diego Gutierrez (a writer and producer with credits including From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series and Without A Trace) the series is written by Fernando Rovzar, Julia Denis, Ana Sofia Clerici and Sandra García Velten. Gutierrez will serve as showrunner.
Irene Azuela and Juan Manuel Bernal will star in the multi-generational tale about the battle that ensues when a member of a wealthy Mexican elite tries to fight the corrupt system her family helped create.
Monarca will be produced by Ventanarosa with Lemon Studios and Stearns Castle, and filming is set to begin this autumn for a 2019 global launch.
Hayek said: “I’m extremely excited to partner with Netflix, and to be working with amazing Mexican talent in front of and behind the camera. We are proud to show Mexico as a vibrant, sophisticated and culturally rich nation, fighting to control its own destiny.”
Gutierrez added: “This is the definition of a passion project for me. Having been born and raised in Mexico, I’m humbled to have the opportunity to tell this story with Netflix and the incredibly talented team of people we’re assembling, both in the US and Mexico.”
Erik Barmack, vice-president of international originals at Netflix, said: “Mexico is a top priority for us in which to continue to develop series and we look forward to bringing the best originals to the world through partnerships with key players such as Ventanarosa and Lemon Studios.”