Eugenio Derbez will explore a little-known side of Hollywood history with his latest TV project.
Actor and Producer (Apple TV + by Acapulco, How to be a Latin lover) will participate and run the production They come at night, a comedy series in development at TelevisaUnivision’s Vix+ streaming platform. The Project is a workplace show about the cast and crew that performed a Spanish version of vampire in 1930 – filmed at night using the same suits and costumes as the English version of Tod Browning.
“I haven’t worked on scripted Spanish-language TV comedy in over ten years and was looking for something really special to come back to,” Derbez said in a statement. “This story really startled me because it tells the story of Latinos who always have to get more done with less resources and under tougher conditions. It was also a world we hadn’t explored on Spanish TV, Hollywood in the 30s, but like every moment in American history, Latinos were there and doing their part. even if history forgets them. And of course, it’s ripe for a lot of humor. ”
They come at night is from Derbez and Ben Odell’s 3Pas Studios, which has the first deal with TelevisaUnivision. Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher, who previously collaborated with Derbez in 2018’s Overboard and Hulu movies Maidare creators and writers.
“They come at night is a fun and inspiring comedy with incredible characters that testifies to the variety of storytelling and creative drive we have at Vix+, because we want to represent and serve people Spain around the world,” said Rodrigo Mazon, executive vp and general manager of Vix+. “As a media company that specializes in working with top level advertising in Spanish, we are excited to bring this series to life with Eugenio, Ben and the rest of the visionary team. Look and imagine at 3Pas. They come at night just the beginning of our work together.”
Directed by George Melford – who doesn’t speak Spanish but uses an interpreter to convey his instructions to the cast – Spanish vampire was made concurrently with the classic Bela Lugosi, part of Universal Pictures’ efforts to produce versions of its films for other countries in the days before dubbing became standard practice. It was released in Cuba and several US cities in 1931 but quickly fell out of circulation. A print was discovered in the 1970s, leading to a greater understanding and appreciation of the film – some critics declared it better than Browning’s version.
Greenberg and Fisher will executive produce alongside Derbez, Odell and Javier Williams for 3Pas Studios. Visceral, 3Pas’ Mexico’s manufacturing services company, will take on those duties for the project.