Spanish-Language 'Breaking Bad,' 'Gossip Girl' Adaptations in the Works, Univision Says
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(Update: A person at Sony, which owns "Breaking Bad," says no deal is in place with Univision for an adaptation)
If you miss "Gossip Girl" and fear the impending exit of "Breaking Bad," it may be time to learn Spanish: Univision announced Friday that it plans Spanish-language adaptations of both shows.
But a person at Sony familiar with the situation said no deal is in place for a "Breaking Bad" adaptation. Warner Bros., which owns "Gossip Girl," said an adaptation for their show is indeed in the works.
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"Gossip Girl Acapulco," based on the CW's "Gossip Girl," looks into the privileged and turbulent lives of an elite group of beautiful young people in the famous Mexican resort town. In a first, it will air simultaneously in the U.S. on Univision and in Mexico on Televisa.
Univision said both shows would air on UniMás, Univision's station targeting a younger, bicultural audience. It was unclear whether Univision had ruined its chances with Sony by announcing a "Breaking Bad" deal prematurely.
Univision said "Metastasis," like "Breaking Bad," is the story of a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student to try to secure his family's financial future.
The shows would continue a long tradition of shows being translated from one culture to another: "Homeland," for example, is based on the Israeli series "Prisoners of War."
"Breaking Bad" especially lends itself to a Spanish translation: The show is set in New Mexico, and its cast sometimes makes forays into Mexico. Scenes in Spanish are frequent, and the show's main character, Walter White, was even the subject of "Narcoballad" created for the show that celebrated the exploits of his alter-ego, Heisenberg.
The shows were among those announced by Univision as it unveiled its upfront presentation for next season. Here are the shows, as described by Univision:
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"La Tempestad" (The Storm)– This riveting telenovela follows the story of Marina, whose revelations of her vengeful former boss' indiscretions force her to find work in a small fishing village. There she meets Damián, the owner of the fishing boat La Tempestad and they fall in love. But dark clouds quickly gather as jealous and ambitious rivals emerge bent on destroying any hopes they may have had for happiness. Will Damián and Marina be able to weather the storm and find calm waters once again? This telenovela features today's hottest heartthrob and cross-over sensation William Levy and former Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete, and is produced by Salvador Mejia ("Triunfo del Amor" and "Que Bonito Amor"). (Monday - Friday, Primetime - Televisa)
"Mentir para Vivir" (Lie So You Can Live) – A single moment in time can change everything forever. That is the premise of this intricate tale which takes off when Oriana finds out her husband in engaged in illegal activities. When an unexpected murder takes place, Oriana flees to a small Mexican resort hotel and takes on a false identity in order to protect her daughter. Through her journey to untangle the lies and plots that have tied her life into knots, she discovers what she's really made of. Produced by Rosy Ocampo ("Por Ella Soy Eva" and "La Fuerza del Destino") and written by Maria Zarattini author of "Amor Real" and "Sortilegio," this telenovela stars Mayrín Villanueva, David Zepeda, Diego Olivera and Altair Jarabo. (Monday- Friday, Primetime - Televisa)