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Zoe Saldana-Produced Comedy Series 'The Gordita Chronicles' Being Developed For HBO Max

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By Adreon Patterson

Zoe Saldana continues to expand her portfolio as HBO Max has put in development the coming-of-age family comedy series The Gordita Chronicles.

The series will be produced by Zoe Saldana’s Cinestar Pictures along with Selena The Series scribe Claudia Forestieri, Josh Berman and his Osprey Productions and Sony Pictures TV. Berman's production company is under a development deal with Sony Pictures.

The series has joined a growing roster of programs for the upcoming streaming platform as many series and films are in development or straight-to-series order.

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The Gordita Chronicles is loosely inspired by Forestieri's upbringing in Miami, Florida.

The comedy series will be centered around a Latina reporter reminiscing on her childhood as a chubby, willful and reluctant Dominican immigrant growing up with her eccentric family in 1980s Miami.

The series will fall in line with similar premises for series like the Chris Rock-based Everybody Hates Chris, ABC's Fresh Off the Boat and the upcoming NBC series Young Rock, based on film star Dwayne Johnson's upbringing.

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Saldana will serve as executive producer alongside Berman. Osprey Production's Chris King will executive produce the project along with Mariel Saldana and Cisely Saldana of Cinestar Pictures.

Forestieri will serve as a co-executive producer on the project as well as writing the series.

Sony Pictures TV will serve as the production studio for the series. Sony is currently developing a workplace comedy with Cobra Kai's Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald and Hayden Schlossberg as well as A Spark of Light limited series with Emmy nominee Joey King.

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Before writing Selena The Series, Forestieri was a producer for Telemundo’s L.A. affiliate. She is an alumnus of HBO’s Access Writing Fellowship, NALIP’s Latino Writers Lab and NBC’s Writers on the Verge program. In addition to The Gordita Chronicles and Selena, Forestieri was a writer on Freeform’s Good Trouble.

Berman has a modern adaptation of Turn of the Screw and Murder House Flip, a true-crime renovation series, coming to the streaming platform Quibi. Berman is best known for creating ABC’s Notorious as well as creating and executive producing the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva.

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Saldana will be seen next in From Scratch, a limited series from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine for Netflix. She will also serve as an executive producer on the upcoming series.

The actress's film career remains in full swing as the Avatar sequels arrive in 2022 and 2023 with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 set to begin production this year.

The series is currently one of many projects in development for the HBO streaming platform, which launches in May of this year. Gabrielle Union's comedy Afro Punk and coming-of-age drama Vegas High is currently being developed as well.

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