‘Selena’ Producer Sues Abraham And Suzette Quintanilla Over Limited Series
Moctesuma Esparza is suing Netflix, Abraham and Suzette Quintanilla over “Selena: The Series.” Esparza is seeking damages of $1 million for an alleged breach of contract. The lawsuit comes one month before the series is set to debut on Netflix.
“Selena: The Series” is almost here and there’s a new lawsuit about the project.
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“Selena” producer Moctesuma Esparza is suing Netflix along with Abraham and Suzette Quintanilla over the new limited series. The lawsuit claims that Selena’s father and sister broke an agreement they entered into that gave him the rights to the late-Tejano singer’s life, according to TMZ.
Esparza claims that the deal made for the rights included more than just the 1997 biopic.
According to TMZ, Esparza claims that the agreement made included any remakes of the story. Esparza also claims that he has the rights to the story of every character. The documents allege that Esparza met with Suzette and Abraham to discuss a project he created for “Young Selena.”
The conversation over Selena’s life rights began in 1995.
According to an article in the LATimes from 1995, the family and Esparza entered into an informal agreement. According to the article, instead of formal contracts about the rights to Selena’s story, Esparza gave the Quintanilla family final say on the script. In return, Esparza was able to completely handle the production side.
The article states that Esparza was not after the rights to Selena’s story at the time. However, Esparza is alleging that that changed in 1998 when he and the Quintanilla family formalized a deal over Selena’s rights.
Netflix’s “Selena: The Series” will be streaming on Dec. 4.
It isn’t clear what this lawsuit would mean for the series. The Quintanilla family is known for keeping a strong protector of Selena, her story, and her image.
The show is giving younger Selena fans a chance to get to know the younger Selena. This are the years leading up to the wild popularity in the Latino community and her English-language cross-over. It’s been decades since we got the first in-depth look into Selena’s life and fans cannot wait to finally have an in-depth look at a different moment in the iconic singer’s life.
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