Televisa USA Sets 1950s Cuba-Set Series Adaptation Of Spanish Drama ‘Gran Hotel’

Televisa USA has put together Gran Hotel, an English-language adaptation of the popular Spanish series. 24 and The Kennedys executive producer Stephen Kronish will write the project, which will move the setting for the mystery drama from 1905 Spain to pre-Castro Havana. In the new version, following his sister’s disappearance, Julio is led on a dangerous journey that takes him to the opulent Gran Hotel, a frequent getaway for the rich, powerful, famous and infamous and into the arms of the sexy daughter of the hotel’s wealthy owner.

Televisa USA, a subsidiary of the Mexican media company Grupo Televisa, has teamed with Lantica Media on the series, which will be shot at Lantica’s Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios and is one of several projects planned for Lantica to co-develop and co-finance with Televisa.

“It was a time when mobsters, politicians and celebrities flocked to Havana, the world’s most exotic and permissive playground,” said Chris Philip, head of Production and Distribution at Televisa USA. “Setting Gran Hotel in a sexy, sinful atmosphere offers up a rich fusion of glamour and intrigue deeply rooted in an exceptional murder mystery format with a proven global footprint.”

Televisa USA plans to shop the series to U.S. and international buyers starting with the upcoming MIPCOM confab.

Gran Hotel was created and produced by Bambu Producciones and ran on Spain’s Antena 3 for three seasons, with its first season reaching a 18.5% share.

Dubbed “a Spanish Downton Abbey,” the original series has been a top international seller for Beta Films, which is co-producing an Italian version airing on RAI. As a finished series, Gran Hotel has been sold to networks in France, the UK and Russia.

The deal for Gran Hotel was made with scripted format sales company Pomodoro Stories.

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