Jennifer Lopez is juggling several projects as an in-demand movie and television producer, but it doesn’t look like she’ll be adding a film about Jenni Rivera to her long list of production credits any time soon.
Contrary to online reports, Lopez – whose new family drama “The Fosters” is headed to ABC Family this summer – will not be producing a biopic on Rivera, who passed away when a plane carrying her and six other passengers crashed in northern Mexico last December.
Entertainment site TV Y Novelas had previously reported that Lopez, 43, had reached out to Rivera’s sister Rosie about develop the biopic through her production company Nuyorican Productions, but “there is not a project in development on Jenni Rivera,” Lopez’s publicist told NBC Latino.
Lopez was public about her admiration of the norteña singer and told the Associated Press that she identified with Rivera, an enterprising business woman with makeup and clothing lines, a real estate company and two successful television shows.
“She considered herself a businesswoman as well, besides an artist, and she had kids and I’m sure she was rushing home to get home to her kids at that time so she took the flight at three in the morning,” Lopez said. “So you go like, ‘Wow, it’s just like a wake-up call for everybody.’ It’s tragic. She was so young… and she had five kids. It just wasn’t her time.”
The rumors of a biopic featuring the popular Mexican American singer follows news that the third season of Rivera’s hit show “I Love Jenni” will return to television with scenes of the singer and her family filmed just before her untimely death.