Expanding its ever-growing global dominance, Netflix has aggressively invested in Spanish-language programming in the last three years starting with the debut of series such as Club de Cuervos. Their sights are now set on self-contained, fiction anthology series in the style of American Crime Story where every season follows a different storyline while existing under the same umbrella franchise.
Produced by Latin American company Dynamo, Historia de un crimen is the first project based on this concept for the streaming service. The show will strive to make sense of real-life crimes that have caused controversy in different countries over the past few decades. Each enigmatic case has been marked by insidious corruption, social destabilization, impunity, and the often-unfruitful search for justice.
The first installment will focus on Luis Donaldo Colosio, the popular Mexican presidential candidate who was viciously murdered at a campaign rally in 1994. Colosio’s death was surrounded by widespread speculation about whether the gunman, Mario Aburto Martínez, acted alone or if the assassination was orchestrated by the establishment, which saw the beloved politician as a threat.
Shooting in Mexico City, the 8-episode fiction series will star a cast of seasoned Mexican actors including Jorge A. Jiménez (Narcos, Machete Kills), Ilse Salas (Museo, Güeros), Alberto Guerra (Ingobernable, El Señor de los Cielos), Gustavo Sánchez Parra (Amores perros, Man on Fire), Martín Altomaro (Rudo y Cursi), Lisa Owen (El Señor de los Cielos, Los insólitos peces gato) and Ari Brickman (Sense8, No se aceptan devoluciones).
Two up-and-coming Mexican directors will be in charge of helming the pioneering show: Natalia Beristáin, whose feature film Los Adioses (The Eternal Feminine) played numerous festivals and received the Ariel Award for Best Actress this year, and Hiromi Kamata, who has previously worked as an assistant director for noteworthy movies such as Vuelven (Tigers Are Not Afraid), Mr. Pig, and Gringo.
Historia de un crimen: Colosio will be available worldwide on Netflix in 2019.