Sony Entertainment brings El Mariachi to Latin America

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 21-08-2013

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Teleset are to produce the original scripted series El Mariachi for the Latin American market. 70 episodes of the one-hour drama will air across Latin America on Sony Entertainment Television (SET).

Based on the Robert Rodriguez film of the same name, El Mariachi follows a young mariachi musician, Martín Aguirre, who is mistaken as a legendary fugitive and inadvertently thrown into a war with the drug cartels. After being unjustly imprisoned, the mariachi escapes to seek revenge against those who wronged him, regain his honour and fight for the woman he loves.

El Mariachi is the first series to be produced by SPT and Teleset entirely in Mexico. In addition, it marks their third SPT-commissioned project for Latin American audiences, joining La Prepago and Metastasis, the recently-announced adaptation of Breaking Bad. All three original series have been sold across most major Spanish-speaking markets in the region.

"Much like the film, El Mariachi offers audiences a unique blend of high-stakes action and romance," said Angélica Guerra, senior vice president and managing director of production at Latin America and US Hispanic for SPT. "Staying true to the story, we are producing the series in Mexico, shooting in magnificent locations and utilising some of the country's best talent."

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