An hour-long, Latinx TV series called Hummingbird is in the works at Amazon Studios. According to Deadline, the series is described as “a Stephen King-style American Gothic” story.
The episodic series will be directed by Emmy-winning documentarian Rudy Valdez (The Sentence) and is loosely based on his life. The show tells the story of a Mexican American family searching for the American Dream who are being haunted by something paranormal.
Marcella Ochoa (Discarnate) will write the pilot to the series. She was also tapped to write the horror movie Madres for Blumhouse, which is set in a migrant farming community in 1970s California. Amazon is teaming up on the project with Marginal MediaWorks, whose founder and CEO is Sanjay Sharma.
“I’ve spent my career building my voice in documentaries, but more importantly telling the stories of underserved and marginalized communities through giving them agency and light,” Valdez told Deadline.
“Marcella’s personal background, her growing body of work in the space, and her keen sense of Mexican American lore, coupled with Sanjay’s own immigrant background and story development expertise, made us the perfect trio to bring this vision to life.”
Ochoa added that while she grew up a fan of horror movies, she never saw herself represented in the genre. “Taking our culture, our ancestors’ stories and oral histories, and crafting a commercial, broadly accessible but culturally specific series with a prolific filmmaker like Rudy was nearly effortless,” Ochoa says. “I’m thrilled to bring this vision to the world.”