Netflix announced today that its latest original series from Mexico, Monarca, will begin production this fall and will launch globally in 2019. The new series starring Irene Azuela (Quemar las Naves, El hotel de los secretos, Las oscuras primaveras) will follow the world of wealthy Mexican elites riddled by corruption, scandal and violence.
Produced by Salma Hayek’s company, Ventanarosa, Lemon Studios and Stearns Castle, Monarca is a high stakes, multi-generational family saga about a tequila-born Mexican business empire, and the battle that ensues when a member of the family decides to fight the dirty system her family helped create.
“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,” said Hayek.
“We are proud to show Mexico as a vibrant, sophisticated and culturally rich nation, fighting to control its own destiny.”
Diego Gutierrez, showrunner and creator, 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.”
“Mexico is a top priority for us in which to continue to develop series,” Erik Barmack, “and we look forward to bringing the best originals to the world through partnerships with key players such as Ventanarosa and Lemon Studios.”
Starring Irene Azuela and Juan Manuel Bernal, Monarca is being produced by Ventanarosa, Lemon Studios and Michael McDonald from Stearns Castle. Created by Diego Gutierrez and written by Fernando Rovzar, Julia Denis, Ana Sofia Clerici and Sandra García Velten.