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"Selena" producer sues Quintanillas, Netflix over new series

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Posted at 2:16 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 15:20:21-05

The producer of the 1997 film "Selena" is suing Suzette and Abraham Quintanilla, and Netiflix, TMZ reported Wednesday.

Moctezuma Esparza is suing the Quintanillas, alleging breach of contract of a 1995 agreement he says he entered into with the elder Quintanilla giving him rights to the Tejano music queen's life story and those of certain family members. Suzette Quintanilla also is named in the suit because Esparza says he spoke with both Abraham and Suzette Quintanilla about a possible "Young Selena," project which was never made.

He is also suing Netflix, alleging the streaming giant ignored his existing agreement with Quintanilla.

Esparza says he and Quintanilla reached the agreement in 1998, when they discussed possible TV series, miniseries or even a second movie about the singer.

He said he was caught off-guard when he was informed Netflix was making "Selena: The Series," and is seeking $1 million in damages.

The Netflix series is scheduled to be released next month.