Demián Bichir and Roselyn Sánchez will star on the ABC adaptation
Produced by Eva Longoria, the American remake comes as an adaptation of the hit Spanish series Gran Hotel produced by Bambú Producciones and broadcasted by Antena 3 between 2011 and 2013.
It's official. After much trying, Spanish fiction series Grand Hotel (Gran Hotel) will be adapted in the US after having been adapted in Mexico (Televisa), Italy (RAI) and Egypt (CBC).
After a pilot order back in February, ABC is now green-lighting the project for a season that will make up part of its 2018-2019 programming slate. The network will reveal during its upfront on Tuesday if the show's premiere will hit screens during fall or during midseason.
The original Atresmedia version, produced by Bambú Producciones and starring Amaia Salamanca and Yon González, aired with great success in Spain on Antena 3 between October 2011 and June 2013.
This American adaptation will be produced by UnveliEVAble, a company owned by actress Eva Longoria - who had already tried to adapt the series in 2016 -, and ABC Studios.
Grand Hotel is written by Brian Tanen (Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids) and executive produced by Longoria and Ben Spector, together with Tanen himself, and Oliver Bachert and Christian Gockel for Beta Films, which will distribute the show internationally.
Ramón Campos and Teresa Fernández-Valdés, founders of Bambú and showrunners of the original series, are also on board as executive producers for Beta Films.
Grand Hotel is set in Miami Beach. The pilot episode, directed by Ken Olin, was shot at the iconic Fontainebleau Hotel, and the story follows the lives of the family that owns the business and the staff that works there.
The cast for the new series will have a strong Latino presence, featuring the likes of Mexico's Demián Bichir and Puerto Rico's Roselyn Sánchez, who will play Santiago and Gigi Mendoza, owners of the hotel.
They will work alongside Denyse Tontz, Bryan Craig, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Lincoln Younes, Salim Ortiz, Anne Winters, Chris Warren, Feliz Ramirez and Justina Adorno.
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