Representation in Hollywood for Latinxs remains low but we are seeing progress and among those exciting projects is the film adaptation of Lilliam Rivera’s 2019 novel Never look back. The story is a modern retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, a story of enduring love in the midst of death. It centers on Eury who deals with the effects of Hurricane Maria – plus an evil spirit named Ato – and Pheus, who shares her love of bachata. Eury attempts to overcome her trauma while exploring the effects of colonialism and generational trauma. Deadline reported that the film will feature a soundtrack with bachata, reggaeton, salsa and hip-hop and a mix of fantasy, horror and romance genres. The King of Bachata singer-songwriter Romeo Santos, of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, is not only the executive producer of the film, he is also one of the musical supervisors and will also record the original music for the film.
“Okay, I’m freaking out because this feels real. I’m so happy this Latinx team came together to create NEVER LOOK BACK. It’s been such an amazing journey to be a part of this. I’m so happy. Let’s go!” !! NEVER LOOK BACK!” Rivera tweeted after the announcement.
Ok, I’m freaking out because this looks real. I’m so happy that this Latinx team came together to create NEVER LOOK BACK. It was such an amazing journey to be a part of that. I am so happy. Let’s go!!! NEVER LOOK BACK! https://t.co/3DdEifM1Ip
— Lilliam Rivera (@lilliamr) April 13, 2022
Bronx-born Latin television and theater director Zetna Fuentes (Jane the Virgin, Ray Donovan) is directing the film with Talia Rothenberg, a Jewish writer from Boricua, adapting the screenplay. Santos and Artie Pabon will serve as executive producers and music supervisors through Santos’ Chimbi Productions, Deadline reported.
Rivera is an award-winning writer whose other titles include young adult novels Dealing with dreams, we light up the sky, and The education of Margot Sanchez. Never look back is informed by Rivera’s experience as a Bronx Boricua. Rivera said World literature today that she was personally affected by Hurricane Maria and decided to focus on the love story when writing Never look back.
“It was literally because I needed to write towards hope; I needed to write towards love. I used this structure and the myth of Orpheus to help me keep it in one stop, so that I didn’t veer into something else. I used love because I needed love, and I’m sure everyone needs love.
Bilingual production company 3Pas Studios, co-founded by Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell, is producing the film and no casting has yet been revealed. The movie is still in pre-production and no release date has been announced but it already looks like it’s going to be fire.