A new dramatic series on the life of legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is coming to the small screen. According to Deadline, CIC Media is partnering with the Frida Kahlo Corporation and Venezuelan musician Carlos Baute to produce the project.
The planned show will be written by Joel Novoa (TV’s Arrow) and Marilu Godinez, who say they are creating a “high concept series” about the painter and pop cultural icon.
“The idea is to talk about what the books don’t,” said Novoa and Godinez in a joint statement. “The subtext behind each painting, the richness of Mexico’s 20th century and the revolution–themes that are incredibly relevant at this unprecedented time.”
Carlos Dorado, president of the Frida Kahlo Corporation, said they were looking forward to “exalt the life of an icon” like Kahlo.
“In this case, the professional team that has been formed is distinguished by its…experience and most importantly the sensitivity to be able to approach a project as important and transcendental as Frida Kahlo,” he told Deadline.
Marlon Quintero, CIC Media’s managing director and project leader, added that the project would be ready to present in the coming weeks.
“Today we are about to turn the dream of three into a reality for millions of people through this historic project,” he says. “I am very excited to create music to dress and accompany the story of the great Frida Kahlo, a character that I am sure millions of people want to know more about.”
The last time Kahlo’s life was explored on TV or film was in the 2002 biopic Frida, directed by Julie Taymor. Actress Salma Hayek portrayed the Mexican artist. Hayek earned an Oscar nomination for her performance that year.