By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter
Belize’s first locally produced telenovela “La Isla Bonita” officially premiered at the Paradise Theatre in San Pedro town this past weekend.
According to Executive Producer, Horacio Guerrero, the plan is to do 25 episodes.
Guerrero said they are currently in talks with national and regional cable companies who have expressed interest in buying rights to air the telenovela.
The crew will begin filming the next episode soon, and plans to have a new one every two weeks or so when full production begins.
Make-Belize Films Director, Matthew Klinck, said he decided to capitalize on their popularity by showcasing the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye for the project. “San Pedro is the perfect setting for a soap opera because it is a beautiful tropical island filled with intrigue, passion and secrets,” Klinck said.
According to Klinck, the drama follows the story of an abandoned bride, played by international actress Denny Mendez, who is hoping to find love once again. Story lines include everything from complicated family issues to encounters with local criminals and drug traffickers.
To bring the project to life Klinck and Guerrero teamed up with Dion Vansen who wrote the soap opera’s script and award-winning director Arlando Smith, who is the project’s producer.
San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia were both in attendance for the premier event as well as cast members, family and supporters of those involved in the project.