Mexican-American singer and reality TV star Jenni Rivera. File Photo/AP
The late Mexican-American singer and activist Jenni Rivera always dreamed of a biopic about her turbulent and inspirational life. Now, seven years after her untimely death, that dream is coming true.
A feature film based on Rivera's life is officially in the works from Jenni Rivera Enterprises, Mucho Mas Media and De Line Pictures, who announced the project in a joint statement Tuesday. The untitled film will endeavor to capture the essence of the superstar who was as admired for her soulful voice as she was for her openness about her experiences with abuse, sexual assault and finding success in a male-dominated industry.
"It's been a long time coming," her sister Rosie Rivera said in an interview Monday.
Although it's in the early stages and no cast or director has been set, screenwriter Kate Lanier, known for the Tina Turner biopic "What's Love Got To Do With It" and "Set It Off," is working on a script.
Jenni Rivera died in December 2012 at the age of 43 in a plane crash that also killed six others. She left behind five children and two grandchildren.
Known as the "Diva de la Banda," the California-born daughter of Mexican immigrants was at the height of her career when she died. She was one of the most successful female singers in grupero, a male-dominated regional style influenced by the norteño, banda and ranchero styles. She had sold some 15 million records and received multiple Latin Grammy nominations and two Billboard Mexican music Awards.
The film will likely be primarily in English with some Spanish, since that's the language they spoke with their father. It also will feature some unreleased Jenni Rivera music, Rosie Rivera said.
"I remember her tears, and I want her whole 43 years of what she went through to touch somebody," Rivera said. "Every single tear, I want it to be worth it."
"Jenni's story is universal in themes of love, loss, success, and cultural change," said producer Donald De Line in a statement.
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