LOS ANGELES – The late Mexican-American singer and activist Jenni Rivera always dreamed of a biography of her turbulent and inspiring life. Now, seven years after her untimely death, this dream comes true.
A feature film about Rivera's life is officially seen in the works of Jenni Rivera Enterprises, Mucho Mas Media and De Line Pictures, who jointly announced the project statement Tuesday. The untitled film will seek to capture the essence of the superstar, who was admired for her soulful voice as well as for her openness to her experiences of abuse, sexual assault and success in a male-dominated industry.
"It will be a long time," her sister Rosie Rivera said Monday in an interview.
Screenwriter Kate Lanier, best known for the Tina Turner biopic "What's Love Got To Do", is still in its infancy and no actors or directors have yet been cast with "It" and "Set It Off "Jenni Rivera is working on a script.
Jenni Rivera died in December 2012 at the age of 43 years in a plane crash in which six others were killed. She left behind five children and two grandchildren.
The California-born daughter of Mexican immigrants known as the "Diva de la Banda" was at the peak of her career when she died. She was one of the most successful singers in Grupero, a male-dominated regional style influenced by Norteño, Banda and Ranchero styles. She had sold around 15 million records and received several Latin Grammy nominations and two Billboard Mexican Music Awards.
Rosie Rivera remembers that people were asking for a biopic days after her sister's death, but that it was too early for her family and back then her children. She knew, however, that it would eventually become reality: she and her sister talked about a movie and silly dream-casting scenarios (Jenni wanted the Costa Rican actress Maribel Guardia and Rosie to select Charlize Theron).
But beyond glamor casting, Jenni Rivera knew her story in film could help other women. Rosie Rivera remembers how her sister one day cried about the "love of her life" whose drug problems made it impossible for them to be together.
"She cried like a normal girl and wiped the tears off her face a few minutes later, saying," I know why, I know why: It's because I can help other women who have drug addicted husbands or lovers and my story will help them, "Rosie Rivera recalled," I loved her strength. No matter what she went through, she has always found a lesson in it. "
The film is likely to be mainly in English with some Spanish, as this is the language they have spoken to their father, according to Rosie Rivera […]
"Jenn history is universal in terms of love, loss, success and cultural change," said producer Donald De Line in a statement.
Mucho Mas The media partners Javier Chapa and Simon Wise "The film will honor her art and her commitment to inspire people of all cultures and help them realize their dreams." On the last six days of Rivera's life, including her last concert, the night before her death in Monterrey, Mexico.
The biopic, for which no release date has yet been set, is also current with the current political situation Climate and the effects of the #Metoo movement.
"I think it's especially important now that she is a Latina born to immigrant parents," said Rosie Rivera. "A woman, an outsider, a daughter of immigrant parents who lived the American dream."
"I remember her tears, and I want her to touch someone for the entire 43 years she has been through," Rivera said. "Every single tear, I want it to pay off."
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