The series based on the life of the Spanish conquistador, which is being developed by Mexico's Dopamine and Spain's Onza Comunicación, is set to shoot at the start of 2019 with two eight-episode seasons, says Fidela Navarro to ttvnews.
Dopamine, the Mexican audiovisual production company from Grupo Salinas focused on the creation, development and production of original content for international platforms, is now focusing on the production of a historic drama based on the life of Hernán Cortés.
The project was announced back at the 2018 LA Screenings and now Fidela Navarro, CEO of the company, revealed to ttvnews some details on the production they're developing in collaboration with Spain's Onza Entertainment, which will have two eight-episode seasons.
"We have been operational for just seven months and we are already in a very good production process for Hernán Cortés," said Navarro.
"We are super excited about writing the story. It will be told across two eight-episode seasons that will focus on this historic figure of Hernán Cortés from multiple perspectives," explained the executive, who also said that in addition to the historical approach, the series will have a "very innovative" narrative structure.
"Cortés has a very innovative narrative structure, which is what I think new audiences require nowadays," added Navarro without giving any further details.
Amaya Muruzábal, Content Director of Dopamine, is overseeing the project as a script editor.
The show will shoot at the start of 2019 in locations in Mexico and Spain, and it's expected to be ready for the market in the final quarter of next year.
"It is a multi-screen project between several territories," said Navarro.
More Projects and Expansion Plans
Along with the production of the series on Cortés, the executive also announced that Dopamine is opening its commercial offices in Spain "sometime soon".
And the first project from the company, Mary Magdalene, a 60-episode series shot in Colombia and Morocco in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television, has had a "very good" response from the market.
"We are very happy to have been part of this co-production project with Sony, which I think will be a success because it really takes a step forward within the genre. The acting on the show has been fantastic; the narrative rhythm and the quality of the production…," she added.
In addition, Dopamine is also finishing the development of several projects including a 60-episode Mexican-American series with Sebastián Mellino and Patricia Maldonado which stars Mexican youtuber Nicole Gatti.
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