LOS ANGELES, July 5, 2018 (News Wires) — Mexican billionaires drama Monarca is on its way to Netflix for a 2019 debut after the online streaming network placed an order for the show through Salma Hayek’s production company.
Prepare to see a “vibrant, sophisticated and culturally rich” Mexico in Monarca, the upcoming drama about a business empire plunged into civil war when one family member fights the corruption her ancestors helped create.
Appropriately, the series’ title is the Spanish for Monarch.
Irene Azuela (award-winning star of Burn the Bridges and The Obscure Spring) will lead the cast along with Juan Manuel Bernal (Perfect Obedience), under the guidance of showrunner and series creator Diego Gutierrez, who worked on the Without a Trace, Kingpin, Angel, and From Dusk till Dawn shows.
Hayek and fellow producer Michael McDonald are teaming up again after having brought Ugly Betty to ABC, while Netflix has already demonstrated its interest in bringing Mexican dramas to an international audience through Club de Cuervos, El Chapo and others.
Hayek broke through to a worldwide audience with roles in the Robert Rodriguez mid-1990s action thrillers Desperado and From Dusk till Dawn, reuniting with the director (and Desperado star Antonio Banderas) for Once Upon a Time in Mexico nearly a decade later, and then Banderas again for Shrek spin-off Puss in Boots.
She was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe, and Bafta award for her portrayal of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in Frida, and for two Primetime Emmys as a guest actress and a producer on Ugly Betty.
CANNES, May 13, 2018 (News Wires) — A day after joining more than 80 women protest at the Cannes Film Festival, Salma Hayek said Sunday that change for women in Hollywood already is happening.
In a conversation that was part of the “Women in Motion” talk series at Cannes, Hayek said her production company is having trouble keeping up with the demand for female writers and directors. The actress-producer said she has sold four TV shows about women this year.
“I can’t find enough female writers and directors,” Hayek said. “They’re all busy. The change already happened.”
Hayek said much work still needs to be done, particularly on the issue of equal pay. The 51-year-old actress said she hasn’t been insisting on equal pay yet because male stars and producers still need to adjust.
But she repeatedly spoke positively about progress behind the camera.
“Maybe you don’t see the difference in the numbers, but it just happened this year,” Hayek said. “It worked. And I think we should enjoy it.”
Hayek also remarked on her allegation of sexual harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in an op-ed in December . Weinstein at the time issued a lengthy statement of denial. Hayek said Weinstein specifically contested her claim and that of Lupita Nyong’o because they’re women of color.