Selena Gomez Developing Latinx Comedy Series Inspired by ‘Sixteen Candles’

Singer and actress Selena Gomez is bringing back the 80s by way of a John Hughes classic to our TV screens with a Latin twist!  The 29-year-old made major moves in the music industry last year with the release of her first Spanish-language album Revelación

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Hughes, who wrote and directed the film, is also known for hits that have become cinematically synonymous with the 80s/early 90s including The Breakfast Club (1985), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), and Home Alone (1990). Sixteen Candles follows Molly Ringwald’s character Sam after she wakes up on the morning of her 16th birthday and realizes that her whole family has forgotten her special day during the preparations for her older sister’s wedding. 

She co-founded the Untitled Latinx Project, whose mission is to increase Latinx representation in media through content developed by Latinxs. She’s also heads Ojalá Productions which launched  Ojalá Ignition Lab in the summer of 2021 to providing mentoring for Latinx writers. Lugo is a formerly undocumented TV writer, director and producer who is already collaborating with Saracho  on a think tank for her TV series Brujas. This is yet another producing venture for Gomez who is already producing Mi Vecino, El Cartel for Univision and Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building which she also stars in alongside Martin Short and Steve Martin.

The series will air on Peacock and no release date has been announced.

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