Like water for chocolate: Laura Esquivel’s novel becomes an HBO Max series – The USA Print

Will this be a worthy adaptation? Literature and the screen merge again to bring to life a classic of Mexican literature: Like water for chocolate. This captivating novel by Laura Esquivel, translated into more than 30 languages ​​and which has already enjoyed cinematic success, is currently being adapted for a Latin American series from HBO Max.

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What is it about?

The story of Tita de la Garza and Pedro Muzquiz, two lovers who fight against family traditions and the obstacles that come their way, will come to life in a series that promises to immerse the viewer in a world of magical realism and emotions intensely rooted in culture. Mexican. The title of the series is still provisional, and the exact date of its release is being kept secret, although it is estimated that it will be available on the streaming platform towards the end of 2024.

Filming for this exciting production began in the third week of September and expectations are high. In an official statement published on the HBO Latin America account, the start of recording was confirmed and it was expected that the public would soon know more details about this story.

Lumi Cavazos in Like Water for Chocolate (1992), Miramax.

Those who participate?

One of the most exciting aspects of this adaptation is the team of talented actors who will bring the beloved characters to life. The series will be under the direction of the talented Julian of Tavira and Ana Lorena Pérez Ríos, and the production will be entrusted to the famous Mexican actress Salma Hayek (Frida – Like Water for Chocolate: Laura Esquivel's novel becomes an HBO Max series - The USA Print76%, Magic Mike: The Last Dance – 40%, they are like children – ten%). Choosing a team of this caliber promises an authentic and moving interpretation of this iconic story.

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In the words of Mariano Caesarfrom Warner Bros. Discovery, the series Like water for chocolate seeks to be a powerful experience that reflects Latin American magical realism rooted in Mexican culture. The series aspires to have all the necessary elements to captivate audiences, from a powerful plot to collaboration with local talent and renowned creators. In addition, it is expected that it will have a worldwide projection, maintaining the seal of quality that characterizes HBO.

Among the talented actors who will be part of this production are Irene Azuela, Azul Guaita Bracamontes, Ari Brickman, Ana Valeria Becerril, Andrea Chaparro, Ángeles Cruz and Louis David Horné. This casting promises high-quality acting that will capture the essence of the characters in Laura Esquivel.

The plot of Like water for chocolate is a unique blend of romance, family lore and magical realism. Tita de la Garza and Pedro Muzquiz fight for her love amid a family custom that the youngest daughter should not marry or leave home, but rather take care of her mother until her old age and her dead. This situation triggers a series of unforgettable events and the kitchen becomes the theater where Tita expresses her emotions. Each chapter in the series begins with a recipe that has a direct connection to the events of the story, adding a unique twist to the narrative.

The recipes included in the series, such as “Christmas Cakes”, “Quails with Rose Petals”, “Chili in Nogada” and many others, become elements that trigger emotions and actions fundamental to the plot. This connection between food and emotion brings the story to life and adds a unique dimension to the magical realism of the story.

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Although with a film adaptation (Like water for chocolate – 90%) to its credit, the series promises to be a moving experience that will captivate new viewers and delight fans of the novel and film. With a team of talented actors and directors, this series has all the ingredients to become a reference on the screen. So prepare yourself for a culinary and emotional experience that only Mexican magical realism can provide.


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