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Apple is expanding its roster of international TV series with a a bilingual comedy starring Eugenio Derbez.
The tech giant’s TV+ streaming platform has given a series order to Acapulco, about a man who lands what he thinks is his dream job at a resort. The project, from Lionsgate TV, 3Pas Studios and The Tannenbaum Company, is inspired by Derbez’s 2017 movie How to Be a Latin Lover.
Austin Winsberg (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist), Eduardo Cisneros (Instructions Not Included, Half Brothers) and Jason Shuman (Role Models, Half Brothers) created the series, which will feature Spanish and English dialogue. Derbez will executive produce in addition to starring.
Acapulco is set in 1984 and follows a young Mexican man who gets a job at the city’s hottest resort. The position turns out to be much more complicated than he thought, and soon he’s questioning his beliefs and morals. Derbez will narrate the series and appear on screen as the present-day version of the main character.
Winsberg will serve as showrunner for the series, with How I Met Your Mother veteran Chris Harris as co-showrunner. They executive produce with Cisneros; Shuman; 3Pas Studios’ Derbez and Ben Odell; and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum of The Tannenbaum Company. The latter’s Jason Wang is co-EP, and Gaz Alazraki (Club de Cuervos) is set to direct and executive produce the pilot.
Acapulco joins a slate of international series at Apple TV+ that also includes Pachinko, from showrunner Soo Hugh and based on Min Jin Lee’s novel; Mark Boal’s South America-set thriller Echo 3; and projects from filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, who has an overall deal with Apple.
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