Mexican companies Catatonia TV and Room Service are joining forces to produce “La vida estereo,” a high-concept TV comedy series on the battle-of-sexes that will be pitched at Cabos Discovery forum, the Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival’s new sidebar for film and TV projects in development.
Structured as a half-hour 24-episode TV fiction, “La vida estereo” will combine humor, drama and intrigue to analyze the phenomena of sexual identity and human relationships.
The series will turn on the daily adventures of a person that one day wakes up in the body of a man -Alejandro- and other day in the body of a woman -Alejandra- after her mother was victim in her pregnancy of a Huichol curse that condemned him/her to this double life.
Respected Mexican actress Sofia Espinosa, the star of controversial pop singer Gloria Trevi biopic “Gloria,” distributed in Mexico by Universal Pictures and acquired for the U.S. by Picturehouse, is confirmed to play Alejandra. The actor for the Alejandro role has still to be announced.
“The project can draw international attention because it is a high-concept comedy, rare in the world of comedy. With a unique premise, it can adapt well to different cultures and idiosyncrasies, as ‘the battle of the sexes’ is of universal interest,” said Rodrigo Ordonez, “La vida estereo” co-creator alongside Zaria Abreu, Max Zunino and Marcelo Tobar.
“Moreover, the high-concept can address some complex issues concerning sexual orientation and gender identity which aren’t usually taken seriously in the comedies,” Ordonez added.
Catatonia TV, a Mexico and U.S.-based film, TV and ad company, with recent international artfilm hits such as Alonso Ruizpalacios’ “Gueros” and Hari Sama’s “The Dream of Lu,” will assume “La vida estereo’s” production responsibilities.
Room Service writes and show-runs the series. Launched in 2010, the contents agency has written over 500 hours of TV fiction, aired by Televisa, TV Azteca, Cadena 3, Fox Latin America, Telemundo, MTV and Sony Spin and has also co-produced award-winning features “Asteroide,” by Marcelo Tobar, and Zunino’s “Open Cage,” via sister company Bolchevique.
A redemption drama “Open Cage,” co-starring Espinosa, was one of the most laurelled of Latin American movies in 2013.
Rodrigo Ordonez, Room Service co-founder, was head of writers at Sony Pictures TV-Televisa’s drama “El Dandy,” which screens as a special presentation at Los Cabos fest’s new TV series platform, Cabos TV.