Mega Popular Telenovela La Reina Del Sur Gets U.S. Adaptation!

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I knew this wouldn't take long to happen! Fox TV Studios is developing an English-language version of the insanely popular Telemundo novela La Reina Del Sur, Deadline reports. Little Miss Sunshine producer David T. Friendly will be executive producing.



Based on the novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte, La Reina Del Sur ("Queen of the South") is the saga of Teresa Mendoza, a young, Mexican woman, who after having her drug trafficking lover brutally murdered, stops at nothing to seek revenge, becoming the most powerul narcotics queen in the world along the way.   

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In 2011, La Reina Del Sur was adapted for Telemundo with a fat $10 million budget, and became the highest-rated program in the cabler's history, averaging nearly 4.2 million total viewers, and more than 2.8 million viewers among adults 18-49. The U.S. adaptation will be for a weekly, serialized crime drama, as opposed to a nightly telenovela, and is being targeted for cable. Who says soaps are dying? 

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