11:34am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Televisa USA Acquires Sci-Fi Drama 'Coma' (Exclusive)
Televisa USA is going sci-fi.
The division of Televisa, a subsidiary of Spanish-language producer-distributor Grupo Televisa, has acquired scripted action drama spec series Coma. Written by Francesco Papini and Noé Santillán López, Televisa USA will shop the series to broadcast, cable and digital outlets including Netflix and Amazon.
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Coma is described as an hourlong action drama with sci-fi elements. The story focuses on 10,000 comatose patients around the globe who in the course of three days suddenly wake up fighting for their lives. Inexplicably, they all have the same message: Stop Ian Wallace, the man they say will be responsible for starting World War III.
Mexican/U.S. film and TV actress Martha Higareda (Street Kings, Borderland) is attached to star as Dr. Victoria Neves and will executive produce. Higareda is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled and Jackoway Tyerman. Papini and Santillán are repped by Bryan Brucks at Luber Roklin and Jackoway Tyerman.
The deal comes as Televisa USA continues its push into original scripted fare. The baner co-produces ABC Family's Chasing Life as well as Lifetime's Devious Maids.