Netflix has inked a multi-year first-look deal with Hustlers star Jennifer Lopez and her production company Nuyorican Productions.
Lopez, along with co-producing partners Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina, will produce a slate of films and TV series across both scripted and unscripted for the streamer, with a focus on projects that support diverse female actors, writers and filmmakers.
The first two projects announced under the creative partnership will both star Lopez and includes The Mother, which is directed by Mulan’s Niki Caro and tells the story of a deadly female assassin who comes out of hiding to teach her daughter how to survive.
Lopez is currently training for the role with production set to begin this fall an expected release in Q4 2022 a scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2022.
The second film, The Cipher, is based on the novel by Isabel Ojeda Maldonado about FBI Special Agent Nina Guerrera, who escaped a serial killer at the age of 16, but is horrified to discover that the predatory criminal still has plans for her 11 years later.
“I believe there is no better home for us than a forward leaning content creation company that seeks to defy conventional wisdom and directly market to the millions across the globe who no longer view art and entertainment with the kind of boundaries and limitations of the past,” said Lopez. “We at Nuyorican Productions are thrilled to find like-minded partners in Ted Sarandos, Scott Stuber, Bela Bajaria and the whole team and look forward to getting to work right away.”
Bela Bajaria, Netflix head of global TV, added: “Jennifer is a singular talent whose creativity and vision have captivated audiences and inspired the next generation around the world. For years she and the team at Nuyorican have brought a distinctive voice to entertainment, and I’m looking forward to working with her and the team to create new series for our members to love.”