‘Selena’ producer suing Netflix, late singer’s family for $1 million in damages

November 13, 2020

Netflix’s eagerly awaited biopic show “Selena: The Series,” which promises to tell the early life story of the late singer Selena Quintanilla, has hit a million-dollar snag.

Moctesuma Esparza, the producer of the 1997 movie “Selena,” which gave audiences a peak into the Tejano singer’s life and catapulted Jennifer Lopez into Hollywood stardom, claims that he owns the rights to Quintanilla's life story and is now suing both the late singer’s family and the streaming platform over the show.

People reports that Esparza has filed a $1 million lawsuit against both Netflix and Quintanilla’s father and sister, Abraham and Suzette Quintanilla. He claims that he was shut out of the new show, and is now suing for damages and alleges a breach of contract. Netflix has not commented on the suit.

Esparza claims that in the late 1990s he pitched a television or movie treatment about the singer’s younger years to Abraham and Suzette, but that it was never realized. The Quintanilla family worked with Moisés Zamora to create the upcoming Netflix series.

“Selena: The Series” was announced in December of 2018. Part one of the two-part series is slated to debut on December 4, 2020. The series will focus primarily on Selena's life prior to achieving stardom.

Selena Quintanilla’s meteoric music career was tragically cut short when she was killed by her former fan club president at the age of 23. She was the first Latin artist to debut atop the Billboard 200 with her posthumous album “Dreaming of You.” Quintanilla’s musical legacy lives on, with stars like Kacey Musgraves paying tribute to the queen of tex-mex on stage at the Houston Astrodome.

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