In 1997, María Celeste Arrarás published El Secreto de Selena (Selena's Secret: The Revealing Story Behind Her Tragic Death), a book surrounding the murder of Selena Quintanilla.
On Monday, Arrarás announced via her Facebook page that Disney Media Distribution Latin America is producing a TV series around her controversial bestseller about Selena, which will air on Telemundo. "For so many years I wanted to bring El Secreto de Selena to the TV screen," the Puerto Rican journalist wrote in Spanish on Facebook, "but it took me 20 years to find the right team to do it."
"El Secreto de Selena is the revealing story behind her tragic death. It is a story very different from the official one that was told immediately after her murder," Arrarás stated in Spanish. "It turns out in the months before her death, Selena wasn't as happy as many thought. She was living through a tumultuous time in her life, surrounded by people who loved her but also wanted to manipulate her.
She felt that she was being pulled in different directions and she was torn. Selena was about to make decisions in her life that were going to change her personal and professional life forever."
She continued: "This true story of our beloved Selena has all of the ingredients of a telenovela: lies, love, betrayal, suspense and a lot more. It is a controversial story, but it is also a real story that is handled with the utmost respect for her memory. I have no doubt that just as the book became a bestseller, the production of this series will break audience records."
The news of Arrarás' forthcoming series has not been well-received by fans or family members of the late Tejano Queen. Following the announcement, a petition was launched to stop the project from happening, and Selena's sister Suzette Quintanilla took to Instagram to share her thoughts.
"Your book is based on a whole bunch of lies," she said via Instagram Stories. "Your source is a person who killed, cold-heartedly murdered, my sister, shot her in the back and left her to die."
In November 2016, Endemol Shine North America and Major TV announced that they were working with Chris Perez to bring his book, To Selena With Love, to our TV screens. That project has since been halted after Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla, filed a lawsuit against her widower.