‘In the Heights’ Will Release on HBO Max & Theaters on Same Day & More in This Week’s Film & TV News

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CineInforme is a weekly film and television news column that keeps you up-to-date on the Latinx stories happening on the big and small screens. From casting choices to studio briefs in Hollywood and beyond, CineInforme is your one-stop-shop for film and TV updates. Swing by every Friday to make sure you don’t miss the latest happenings.

Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on this week:

  • Warner Bros. shocked the movie theater industry when it announced that each of the 17 movies it has scheduled for a theatrical release in 2021 will now also be released on HBO Max the same day as their theatrical debuts. This includes the film In the Heights, which is based on the stage musical of the same name by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film was already pushed back this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is scheduled for release in theaters and on HBO Max on June 18, 2021. For many in the industry, the decision raises some serious questions about the future of movie theaters across America. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • The new bilingual comedy series Acapulco featuring Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included) has been added to Apple TV’s upcoming slate. It is inspired by Derbez’s 2017 comedy film How to Be a Latin Lover. Set in Acapulco in 1984, Derbez will narrate the series, which follows a young Mexican man working at a popular resort on Mexico’s Pacific coast. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Rafael Casal, who co-wrote and starred in the critically-acclaimed 2018 dramedy Blindspotting, will reprise his role from the film in a TV spin-off for Starz. Casal, who is part Cuban, will also serve as the showrunner and direct an episode of the series. The film tells the story of an ex-con who is finishing up his last three days of probation when he sees a white police officer shoot a black suspect in the back. The film was directed by Carlos López Estrada. [Variety]
  • Indigenous actress Q’Orianka Kilcher (TV’s Yellowstone) has been cast in the film Dog, which will star and be co-directed by Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street). The film follows two Army Rangers traveling down the Pacific Coast to attend the funeral of a fellow soldier. Kilcher will play Niki, the mother of one of Tatum’s character’s children. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Pablo Iacoviello, Amazon Prime Video’s director of content for Latin America, and Javiera Balmaceda, Amazon Studios’ head of originals for Argentina, Chile and Colombia, say the stream service is becoming a major force in creating content for Latin America. This includes Chile’s first Amazon original El Presidente and the Mexican comedy series How to Survive Being Single. [Variety]
  • Lady of Guadalupe, a faith-based film about La Virgen de Guadalupe, will open in more than 200 theaters in Mexico on Dec. 10. The film, which is told from the perspective of a journalist studying her and Juan Diego, is being distributed by Los Angeles-based Vision Films and Mexican exhibitor Cinemex. [Screen Daily]