Long before winning his two Oscars, for ‘All About My Mother’ (1999) and ‘Talk to Her’ (2002), Pedro Almodovar got her first nomination and international recognition for ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’. The 1988 comedy, one of the funniest its director has shot, starred carmen maura, Antonio Banderas, Mary Barranco and a long etcetera, not only of ‘Almodóvar girls’, because even her brother appeared Agustin. The director from La Mancha, who despite his success resisted making the leap to Hollywood, has now reached an agreement with Apple TV+ to turn the story into a series, reports
‘The Hollywood Reporter’.
The main actress of the adaptation will be Gina Rodriguez (‘Jane the Virgin’), who will play Pepa, the role of Carmen Maura, within a project that will be shot in a mixture of English and Spanish, much to the liking of another of the actors involved, Eugenio Derbez.
The Mexican recently told ABC how important it is to reflect the bilingualism on screen, something that producers in the United States are still “afraid” of.
Pedro Almodóvar has not been satisfied with selling the rights and will also be the executive producer of ‘Women on the Verge’ through his production company The desire. Gina Rodríguez will be another of the executive producers, as well as Ben Odell and Derbez, who will once again work in collaboration with the production company Lionsgate Television. The script will be written by Noelle Valdivia, who accumulates in his curriculum such outstanding titles as ‘Masters of Sex’, ‘Mozart in the Jungle’, ‘Goliath’ and ‘Que te dan, Kevin’. If what is still a project ends up going ahead, Valdivia would become the showrunner of the series, according to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’.
Movie with Blanchett
The news comes shortly after it was announced that Almodóvar will shoot his first film in English with Cate Blanchett. After directing the short ‘The Human Voice’ in the same language, in which he worked with Tilda Swinton, the Spanish director will direct ‘A Manual for Cleaning Women’, an adaptation of the posthumous novel by the North American writer Lucia Berlin, which includes 43 stories about working women.
Apple TV + has not provided more information about its series with Almodóvar, although it continues to premiere at an increasing rate, almost always with large budgets, and has been gaining a foothold in the fierce fight between the platforms. This same Friday premieres ‘Los Fraguel: The fun continues’ and the third season of ‘Servant’, by M. Night Shyamalan.