’15 Candles’ is currently in development
Is it our birthday or what? Well, it’s not but it kinda feels like it because we just found out that Selena Gomez is putting a Latinx spin on the John Hughes classic coming-of-age film Sixteen Candles, and bringing it to a TV screen near you.
As first reported by Deadline, Selena, together with her collaborators Vida show-runner Tanya Saracho and filmmaker Gabriela Revilla Lugois, is currently developing a series called 15 Candles for the NBC streamer Peacock.
The series is set to follow “four young Latinas in high school, navigating feelings of invisibility while exploring what it means to leave childhood behind as quinceañera season approaches.” As she first did on 13 Reasons Why, Selena will serve as executive producer, while Tanya and Gabriela will produce and write.
Quick lesson — In Latinx cultures, a quinceañera is the celebration of one’s 15th birthday, marking the transition from childhood to young adulthood. Like a Sweet Sixteen or Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Jewish cultures, it is a coming-of-age and rite of passage that is often celebrated with a party and lavish ensemble.
Selena’s new half-hour series will put a cultural and “comedic spin” on the original story from the 80s legendary filmmaker, that starred Molly Ringwald as Sam whose family forgot her sixteenth birthday.
15 Candles will contribute to SelGo’s ever-expanding slate of EP credits, which includes the aforementioned Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, as well as her HBO Max series Selena + Chef, and the Hulu show Only Murders in the Building, in which she is also starring in as Mabel, one-third of a true crime-loving New York City trio alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short.
As of now, no stars or otherwise have been attached to the project, and no premiere date has been shared.