The wandering music man of Mexico is returning to the screen – the small screen not the big one this time. Sony Pictures Television and Teleset announced today that they are adapting El Mariachi for the Latin American Market. Based on the 1992 Robert Rodriguez pic of the same name, El Mariachi the TV series will become a one-hour drama to air on Sony Entertainment TV across the region. This is the third SPT project for the market. In May, Univision announced, somewhat prematurely at first, that the company would be making a Spanish language version of Breaking Bad called Metastasis to air on the network next year. In the case of El Mariachi, Sony TV will produce 70 episodes of the scripted series to start. It is the first series to be produced by SPT and Teleset entirely in Mexico. “Much like the film, El Mariachi offers audiences a unique blend of high-stakes action and romance,” said Angélica Guerra, SPT SVP and managing director, production, Latin America and U.S. Hispanic in a statement Tuesday. “Staying true to the story, we are producing the series in Mexico shooting in magnificent locations and utilizing some of the country’s best talent.” Like the ’92 film and its 1995 sequel Desperado with Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, the TV series will follow the exploits of Martin Aguirre, a musician at war with the drug cartels over honor, love and revenge. Actor Iván Arana will play Aguirre, with Street Kings and Borderland’s Marta Higareda as Celeste Sandoval and Julio Bracho as Fernando Sandoval.
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