USA Network has picked up their hour-long pilot Queen Of The South to series. The drama, which is a co-production between Fox 21 Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions, has received an order for 13 episodes and is being toplined by Alice Braga (City Of God). Production is slated to commence later this year for a 2016 premiere.
Based on the novel La Reina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Queen Of The South tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the Cartel.
This is the second time that the novel has been adapted into a TV vehicle. USA’s sister network Telemundo previously produced an adaptation, which ranked as one of their most popular telenovelas of all time. The USA series was penned by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller, who also serve as executive producers alongside David Friendly and Pancho Mansfield. A search for a showrunner is currently underway.
“From script to inception, Queen Of The South had us hooked,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. “Alice Braga does an outstanding job playing Teresa Mendoza, a determined woman who defies all odds, to not only survive, but to thrive in an unfamiliar world. The novel has been embraced around the globe, and the telenovela broke records — now we’re looking forward to sharing this unique version of her story on USA .”
“USA and Fox21/FTVS have a long and strong history of growing together and making some of the seminal cable programming of the last 10 years. With Queen Of The South and this summer’s Complications, we look forward to the next generation of great USA/Fox 21 Television Studios collaborations,” added Bert Salke, President of Fox 21 Television Studios. “We really believe that Queen is a breakout show and we couldn’t be more excited.”