The life (and eventual death) of Selena Quintanilla-Perez will be the subject of an upcoming Netflix series.
Simply titled Selena: The Series
, the new show will be a scripted retelling of the late Tejano star's rise to fame, according to Vice
. The coming-of-age story will chronicle her humble beginnings in Corpus Christi and her short-but-influential music career. The South Texas icon won a Grammy at 21 and broke through in a male-dominated genre.
The series will be written by Moisés Zamora, who will also serve as executive producer.
Of course, most Selena fans already know the story from beginning to end. Anyone who's seen the 1997 film Selena
is well-aware of the late star's days of singing in her parents' restaurant, her struggles to get promoters to take a female-led band seriously and the drama surrounding her relationship and eventually elopement with bandmate Chris Perez. And we all know about the tragic night Yolanda Saldivar, Selena's former fan club president, gunned down the singer at a Days Inn in Corpus.
So why is Netflix making a show about someone who died nearly 25 years ago and is already the subject of a biopic?
It may be because Selena's family is involved
in the project, which is likely not a surprise to most fans. Selena's sister/former drummer Suzette and father/manager Abraham are reportedly producing the series. The show's announcement comes nearly a year after the pair said they were helping develop a non-biographical series
inspired by Selena's legacy. ABC reportedly ordered up a pilot, but there haven't been any major updates about the series.
"Selena will always have a lasting place in music history, and we feel great responsibility to do justice for her memory," Suzette told The Hollywood Reporter
. "With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has has on all of our lives." Suzette teased that the series will give fans a "never-before-seen glimpse" at Selena's life and show why she'll "remain a legend for generations to come."
Selena certainly earned her place in music history. She was pioneer in the Tejano industry, so much so that she redefined the genre and allowed more women to follow in her place. She was also the genre's first female superstar, earning a Grammy and selling more albums than any other woman in Latin music history.
Still, some critics argue the steady stream of Selena products, even decades after her death, is allowing the Quintanilla family to profit from the singer's fans and the star power she still holds. And even though some fans may not go that far, many think it's time to just let Selena rest in peace.
Regardless of where you stand on the argument, the Netflix series is coming, even if details
— such a premiere date, episode count and runtime — are scarce.
"Selena's career achievements are legendary," said Jaime Davila of Campanario Entertainment, which is also tied to the project. "Our scripted series will focus on the incredible story of a Mexican-American family and how an extraordinary young woman transcended categories and border to become a global star."
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