Netflix and Selena Quintanilla’s Family Hit with $1 Million Lawsuit
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Esparza claims that in 1998 Abraham and Suzette discussed the creation of a series based on the star’s early life starring Jennifer Lopez, but their plans never came to fruition, as the production never began.
MoctesumaEsparza and the Quintanilla’s instead came to an “informal agreement” that the Quintanilla’sthey would have final approval on the script, while Moctesuma Esparza would manage the production side of the project, according to an interview with the LA Times in 1995.
The late Mexican-American star died at the age of 23 in Corpus Christi, Texas from a gunshot by the founder of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, as the star confronted her about embezzlement allegations.
The Netflix series, starring Christian Serratos as Selena Quintanilla, takes a look at the life of the beloved Tejano star, as it centers on the early years in the family band Selena y Los Dinos and her rise to fame as a solo artist.
Moctesuma Esparza, the 1997 producer for the film “Selena”, starring Jennifer Lopez, had already allegedly owned the right to Selena’s life stories and of other members of the family. According to TMZ, an agreement was made with Abraham Quintanilla in 1995 regarding the rights to the stories..
On Dec. 4, Netflix will release the two-part show chronicling her rise, Selena: The Series.
When: Nov. 6, 2020
Where: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Who are the major players: Selena Quintanilla’s father Abraham and sister Suzzete are being sued by 1995 Selena producer Moctesuma Esparza for a $1 million lawsuit after they produced a series with Netflix called Selena: The Series, based on the beloved Tejano star.