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Netflix Spain, ‘Veneno’ Creators Los Javis Set Modern-Day Makeover of Before-Its-Time Spanish Comedy ‘My Dearest Señorita’


Netflix Spain and Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo – popularly known as Los Javis – are teaming to produce a modern movie makeover of way before its time Spanish classic “My Dearest Señorita,” nominated for a 1973 Academy Award.

The adaptation was the biggest news at a packed-to-the rafters Next on Netflix showcase which took place in Madre on Thursday, where the U.S. streaming giant also announced a docu-reality series, “The Thyssen Baroness,” and released a first-look pic of “Superestar,” its recently announced six-part series inspired by singer and fleeting pop culture phenom Tamara.

Written and directed by Jaime de Armiñán, who co-wrote the script with José Luis Borau, who went on to become of Spain’s greatest directors of the ‘70s and ‘80s, directing “Poachers, ” the original comedy “My Dearest Señorita” starred top Spanish comedian José Luis López Vázquez, as a frumpy old maid in her ‘40s with an inexplicable talent for soccer who suddenly emerges as a cowed bachelor looking for a job in the city, and who begins a love affair with his former maid when he was a woman.

The sex change allowed Armiñan and Borau to deliver incisive commentary about the limited perspectives of women in early ‘70s: Either solitude or servitude. 

The Javis look set to tease out far more the implications of. Film still made under Francisco Franco’s dictatorship.

“‘My Dearest Señorita’ is an adaptation; times have changed, and we believe it is a good time to revisit this story, a story of gender identity and wonderful, mainstream love. The creative challenge is how far we can update it without losing the essence,’ they said in a written statement.

At the Next on Netflix presentation, Javier Ambrossi commented that the film will be the first of a slate of movies which they will announce shortly.

In a second piece of news, Tita Cervera, a former Miss Spain 1961 and socialite, art collector and fifth wife of Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Baron Thyssen, provoked a gasp of surprise at the Madrid press conference as the living legend of Spanish high society for the last 70 years appeared to announce a new docu-series project on Netflix.

Produced by Komodo Studios, behind “Soy Georgina,” the series will portray the Baroness Thyssen’s day-to-day life “in which she will answer, first hand, many questions that the public has been asking themselves for years,” Netflix said in a statement.  

About the project, the Thyssen Baroness explained that: “It is the moment to tell my life from the beginning. I am very happy and excited that Netflix has thought of me for this.”

More to come…..