The first ever official Frida Kahlo television series is in the works and production may start as soon as later this year with a Latinx team working on the project, Deadline reported. The TV series which is being developed by the Frida Kahlo Corporation and CIC Media will be a drama following the famous Mexican artist’s life, giving more context to not just her art, but also her heritage and the time period she lived through. While this may be the first official series about her life, the series My Friend Frida imagines what Frida would be like in this day and age. It’s clear Frida, who died in 1954, remains an influential artist but also an intriguing figure whose life continues to fascinate audiences. The involvement of the Frida Kahlo Corp. is what will make the series about the revolutionary painter “official” as opposed to other shows like Tres Fridas or My Friend Frida.
The team helming the project is Venezuelan composer and singer Carlos Baute, Venezuelan writer and director Joel Novoa and Marilu Godinez. “The idea is to talk about what the books don’t,” Novoa and Godinez said in a joint statement, according to Deadline. “The subtext behind each painting, the richness of Mexico’s 20th century and the revolution. Themes that are incredibly relevant at this unprecedented time.”
“We are currently developing and writing the basis of the series and expect to be ready to present the project in the upcoming weeks,” said Marlon Quintero, and Emmy-winning producer and Managing Director of CIC Media, a Miami-based media firm. “Working with the Frida Kahlo corporation has been phenomenal, it has given us the ultimate blessing to work on what we can call the one and only official series about the iconic artist,” he told Deadline.
The Frida Kahlo Corporation owns the rights to the name Frida Kahlo, and has be known to protect her image and art from being used without their permission. In January 2020 they were sued by an indie artist selling Frida-inspired dolls after they came after her for using Frida’s likeness and shutting down her sales. Their involvement also means we’ll likely learn exclusive details about her life giving us a truly authentic look at who the icon was.
“Frida Kahlo corporation is always looking for talented people who know how to exalt the life of an icon like Frida Kahlo. In this case the professional team that has been formed is distinguished by its great professionalism, experience and most importantly the sensitivity to be able to approach a project as important and transcendental as Frida Kahlo. This high professional team will always have the support of Frida Kahlo Corporation,” co-founder of the corporation Carlos Dorado told Deadline.
The Frida Kahlo series is set to be presented to the market next month, though there has already been some network interest. Production is anticipated to begin during the second half of 2021 so we’ll be waiting for about another but we’re sure it’ll be worth it.