Fremantle is working with Fabula to co-produce the new Spanish-language psychological thriller The Pack (La Jauría).
Screenwriter and film director Lucia Puenzo (Ingobernable, Wacolda, XXY, Cromo) is attached as showrunner. The eight-part series is due to head into production in Chile in January 2019.
The cast includes Daniela Vega, star of the acclaimed Sebastian Lelio film A Fantastic Woman, and Antonia Zegers (A Fantastic Woman, The Club, Prófugos, Tony Manero).
The story begins 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 (Vega) and Olivia Fernandez (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, executive VP, 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.”