Fox Developing Modern ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Set in the L.A. Latino Music Scene

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Fox may have found its next dramatic empire.

The network is developing a new one-hour show described as a “modern-day Romeo and Juliet” set inside the world of the Latino music and radio biz in Los Angeles.

The untitled drama comes from Eduardo Cisneros, who co-wrote the hit Spanish-language film Instructions Not Included and has created other TV shows in Mexico and Latin America. This represents Cisneros’ first project for a U.S. network.

Cisneros is writing and executive producing the show with Jason Shuman, whose credits include producing films including Role Models and Lone Survivor. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.

The music sudser is part of a trend this season as networks look toward more family and relationship soap operas with a twist, inspired by the mega-success of Empire.

Instructions Not Included is the highest-grossing Spanish-language film of all time in the United States (and grossed nearly $100 million globally). Meanwhile, Cisneros’ partner on that movie, Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez, is also aggressively entering the U.S. network development season this year, setting up two projects (at ABC and NBC).