Global drama producers Fremantle are teaming up with the Oscar award-winning Fabula to co-produce a brand new Spanish language psychological thriller, La Jauría (The Pack). The screenwriter and film director Lucia Puenzo (Ingobernable, Wacolda, XXY, Cromo) is on board as the showrunner for the 8-part series. Production is due to begin in Chile in January, 2019.
The leading cast attached to the series include Daniela Vega, star of the acclaimed Sebastian Lelio film, A Fantastic Woman. This marks Daniela’s debut in a Latin American drama series. La Jauría also features Antonia Zegers (A Fantastic Woman, The Club, Prófugos, Tony Manero).
The series opens as the students of a private school stage a takeover in protest of a teacher who is suspected of sexually assaulting a student. Blanca Ibarra, a 17-year-old student, leads the protest but suddenly goes missing. Amidst the search for the missing schoolgirl, a video of Blanca being raped by a gang of unidentifiable men emerges and goes viral. A gender-based crime specialist police force formed by Elisa Murillo (Daniela Vega) and Olivia Fernandez (Antonia Zegers) work to find Blanca before it’s too late. As the investigation gets deeper, they learn that there is more than one offender behind the crime.
Ángela Poblete, President of Television at Fabula said: “La Jauría is an appealing series that will allow us to address the current social context, with a breathtaking narrative that gives no respite. It has the freshness of the feminist revolution that has inspired millions of citizens to march in the streets of the capitals of Latin America, from Santiago to Buenos Aires, from Bogotá to Mexico City, and portrays the impact of gender violence in our societies.”
Christian Vesper, EVP, Creative Director, Global Drama at Fremantle commented: “We are immensely proud to be working with the highly talented Fabula team on our first Latin American drama. La Jauría is a powerful story with strong female characters leading the fight against the very real social issues of femicide and gender-based crimes in Latin America. We admire Lucia Puenzo’s vision and believe that her exploration of this complex mix of darkness and humanity will result is a fantastic drama.”
La Jauría will be co-produced by Fremantle and Fabula in association with Kapow, and in partnership with TVN, Chilean public television. The project is supported by the government founded, CNTV. Executive producers will be Christian Vesper for Fremantle, Ángela Poblete, Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Juan Ignacio Correa and Matías Amocain for Fabula, and Rony Goldschmied for TVN.
This is the latest high-profile drama partnership for Fremantle. In recent months, Fremantle has teamed up with Working Title for The Luminaries, Michael Haneke for Kelvin’s Book, Natalie Dormer and Mainstreet Pictures for Vivien Leigh, Haut et Court and Spiro Films for Fertile Crescent, Ron Nyswaner for Bounty, Paulo Coehlo for his first TV drama and Neil Gaiman for American Gods and Gormenghast.
Fabula is a company founded in 2004 by Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín. This year, they won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, alongside Sebastián Lelio for A Fantastic Woman. Fabula’s previous projects include Natalie Portman’s Jackie (2017 Academy Awards Nominee), Neruda (2016 Golden Globe nominee), No (2013 Oscar nominee), The Club (2015 Golden Globe nominee), and they recently reimaged the highly acclaimed 2013 Lelio film Gloria as Gloria Bell starring Julianne Moore, John Turturro and Michael Cera. Fabula opened its US HQ in LA in 2017.