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Jenni Rivera Is Set To Make Debut On Big Screen With A Biopic Detailing Her Life, Struggle, And Untimely Death

Jenni Rivera, the famed Mexican-American singer-songwriter, TV star, and activist who died tragically in a plane accident in 2012, is the latest star to get the biopic treatment.

Her incredible life story and Latinidad will be brought to the big screen by Mucho Mas Media, which acquired the rights from Jenni’s family.

The banda-ranchera mega-star will be immortalized in film form.

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Kate Lanier, the writer behind the Angela Bassett-starring Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It, has been hired to write the screenplay. 

Jenni’s story is one that people have wanted told for a very long time.

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Jenni Rivera’s story is one that many of us can identify with. She was born in Long Beach, California – after her mother came from Mexico, crossing the border on foot while pregnant with her.

She began recording music in 1992 and quickly went onto become a top-selling artist in Regional Mexican music with multiple Billboard Music Awards, twenty-two Billboard Latin Music Awards, eighteen Lo Nuestro Awards, and four Latin Grammy nominations.

She’s also known for her role in helping change the culture of Mexican music by crossing into Banda, a male-dominated music genre, and eventually into pop-music.

Rivera was outspoken about her life and the challenges of being a woman in the male-dominated world of music and entertainment, along with her own personal experiences dealing with domestic and sexual violence. She was a spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Her family is 100% supportive of the film.

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“My sister dreamt of a biopic of her life for many years, we are thrilled it will come to fruition. We never imagined such an amazing producing and writing team like Donald De Line and Kate Lanier would join together with us to help make her dream a reality,” said Rosie Rivera, Jenni Rivera’s sister, in a statement. “It’s taken time to get here because we had to trust Jenni’s story in the right hands — and we are confident that we made the best partnership with Mucho Mas Media and this creative team.”

“Jenni’s story is one that deserves to be told and will resonate not only with those who continue to call themselves fans, but with those who are passionate about stories that address the struggles and triumphs of women — across cultures — who are pursuing their best lives,” said De Line.

“The film will honor her artistry and commitment to inspire and help people of all cultures to accomplish their dreams,” they added.

While fans across Twitter have come out to voice their support for what many consider a long overdue project.

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Many are happy to see the story of a trailblazing Latina shared with the world – especially at this time in our history.

Though not everyone has been supportive of the announcement.

Many are accusing the family of continuing to milk the dead star for more money while others can’t imagine how the story will play out on the big screen.

Her story has been told many times before on the smaller screen and it seems that most fans don’t have any appetite left for a Jenni Rivera biopic.

What’s your thoughts on all of this?

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