Jenni Rivera was a renowned Latinx entertainer whose albums like “La Diva En Vivo!!,” roles on reality TV, activism and business endeavors endeared her to fans. Lost to the living world in 2012 when she died in a plane crash at age 43, her life has yet to get the big screen treatment. Until now.
Jenni Rivera Enterprises, run by her estate, has partnered with Mucho Mas Media and De Line Pictures to produce a new biopic on the Banda star, Deadline reported yesterday (June 17). Screenwriter Kate Lanier—who penned Tina Turner’s biopic “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and the F. Gary Gray-directed “Set It Off”—will reportedly write the script.
Rosie Rivera said that her sister dreamed of having her own biopic. “It’s taken time to get here because we had to trust Jenni’s story in the right hands,” she told Deadline. “We are confident that we made the best partnership with Mucho Mas Media and this creative team.”
Rivera, who was born Dolores Janney Rivera Saavedra, in Los Angeles on July 2, 1969, experienced a life worthy of big screen treatment. Despite surviving an abusive marriage and two suicide attempts, Rivera inspired many with her music.
In 2010, Rivera became a spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and before her death, she founded the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation to help women and children who survived violence. Rivera posthumously published her autobiography, “Unbreakable: My Story, My Way,” in 2013, and a documentary, La Diva de la Banda,” was also released that year.