UPDATE, 1/17, 4:45 PM: Selena Quintanilla's sister, Suzette Quintanilla, has publicly slammed the TV project based on María Celeste Arráras' book, "El Secreto de Selena." Via Instagram Stories, Suzette spoke directly to Arráras, "Your book is based on a whole bunch of lies ... Your source is a person who killed, cold-heartedly murdered, my sister, shot her in the back and left her to die." Fans have also created a Change.org petition to stop the series from being made.
Selena Quintanilla's life is getting the television treatment. Puerto Rican journalist María Celeste Arrarás just inked a deal to bring a much darker chapter of Selena's tale to life.
Arrarás shared on her Facebook page on January 16 that the project — based on her best-selling book "El Secreto de Selena" — has been more than 20 years in the making.
The journalist revealed in an interview with La Opinión that leaving Univision, joining Telemundo, and subsequent changes in management caused delay after delay in making her dream a reality.
But her perseverance paid off because now, thanks to a deal with Disney, the untold story of Quintanilla's final days will become mainstream.
Selena's father Abraham recently filed a lawsuit against his late daughter's husband, Chris Perez, who had hoped to turn his own book — an ode to his love — to the small screen.
"In the months leading up to her death, Selena wasn’t as happy as many people thought," Arrarás, who will serve as executive producer of the series, said in a Spanish-language statement released on her Facebook page.
"She was living a tumultuous moment since she was surrounded by people who loved her but who also wanted to manipulate her."
"Feeling like she was being pulled in different directions and torn inside, Selena was about to make a series of decisions that would have changed her personal and professional life forever. It was in that moment that a bullet ended her life."
Seeing this story on our television screens will definitely be an emotional experience.
Arrarás assured her followers that this series will have all of the elements of a juicy telenovela like lies, love, betrayal, intrigue, triumph, suspense, and much more...
...while still having the utmost respect for Selena’s memory.
The lead role is still up for grabs and it will definitely be a challenge to cast someone who will live up to fan expectations.
Arrarás says the perfect candidate would need to have Selena's aura and charisma, which can never be duplicated as far as we are concerned.
When it comes to potentially facing opposition from Selena's father, Arrarás doesn't seem to be worried, telling La Opinión that her book is the result of a serious journalistic investigation and that she donated all of the proceeds she received from the book to prove that she was only after the truth and not seeking to make a profit.
She still has just as much respect for Abraham and the pain he must feel now, as he did back when she published the book.
The series has no premiere date yet but will live on Telemundo in the US if it ever gets a chance to hit the air.
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