Netflix to film supernatural drama in Mexico
Diablero is a fantasy horror with a comedic edge that follows the adventures of a demon hunter (the ‘diablero’ of the title), a priest and a superhero.
The story is similar in tone to Preacher, the English-language comedy-horror that has been a hit for AMC and Amazon.
The new show builds on Netflix’s existing Mexico-produced content, which includes political drama series Ingobernable (Ungovernable, pictured).
“Local creatives are breaking the paradigms of what storytelling has traditionally looked like in Latin America,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix.
Mexico is yet to establish itself as an international production hub but has still hosted high-profile projects over the last few years. James Bond movie Spectre was a highlight, shooting its pre-credits sequence partly in Mexico City, and TV horror Fear the Walking Dead has used the water tank facilities at Baja Studios near the US border.
Netflix has also confirmed its first Chinese-language drama series will be jailbreak thriller Bardo. Taiwan-based writer and director Sam Quah will lead the project but specific filming locations have not yet been confirmed.
The streaming-video-on-demand (SVOD) company continues to invest in film and TV industries around the world. Earlier this year the platform revealed it was involved with 90 separate productions across continental Europe alone.
For more on filming in Mexico see our production guide.