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Zoe & Cisely Saldana Ink First-Look Film/TV Deal w/ Lionsgate Entertainment

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 21, 2013 12:38 PM
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Zoe Saldana and sister Cisely Saldana have inked a first-look deal (via their production company Saldana Productions) with Lionsgate Entertainment, which includes content for both TV and film, as the house that Tyler Perry helped build (Lionsgate) seeks to expand its reach into the Latino market (isn't everyone these days?).

Lionsgate launched Pantelion Films, which will be a Latino-focused Hollywood studio, with Mexico's Grupo Televisa, and the two have since created English-language TV fare "with Latina flair," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Saldanas will team up with Lionsgate to do the same for both the big and small screen.

"We look forward to a fruitful and productive relationship with Pantelion," Zoe said in a statement.

In terms of other recent collaborations, last fall, via Saldana Productions, the sisters paired up with Jane Startz Productions and Aida Bernal’s Spellbound Entertainment to bring the mystery/thriller novel Hell Or High Water (the debut novel from Joy Castro) to the screen.

No word on where that project stands currently. 

The busy Zoe Saldana will be quite so in the next few years, shooting 3 more Avatar movies, playing the female lead (aka Gamora) in the big screen adaptation of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, co-starring in the thriller Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale, and, of course, starring in the much-debated Nina Simone biopic which, as of the time of this post, has yet to debut on the film festival circuit, as I thought it would have by now.

She's also demonstrated an interest in getting behind the camera to direct. She's been slowly getting her feet wet, directing episodes of Vin Diesel's web series The Ropes, last year. 

She also helmed one of the shorts that made up the Glamour Reel Moments short film series, which was aimed at increasing the number of women directors in Hollywood.

As for what she might be looking to direct, she hasn't say explicitly, but last year, she mentioned that she was in the running to direct a film in Montreal, though she was greedy with the details.

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  • saadiyah | August 22, 2013 12:07 AMReply

    I can't wait to see what they come up with!

  • Peggy | August 22, 2013 12:05 AMReply

    So she's hispanic again?

  • dancelover51 | August 25, 2013 12:31 AM

    I am so sick of my people's ignorance. Zoe has always said she is a proud Black Woman! She is also Latina just as most women on this board are Black and American. There are unique experiences for Afro Latinos. It is a shame that we as Afro Americans try to rob them of that. I think this is a good partnership because the lack of Black faces in Latino media is appalling and does not represent reality.

    African Americans don't own the global Black experience so stop trying!

  • Adam Scott Thompson | August 22, 2013 1:32 PM

    She can do that. Rosario Dawson straddles the line as well, but she's never been like, "Eww, I'm not black! Don't call me that!" If Tiger Woods decided to use his Thai heritage for commercial gain I wouldn't be mad at him either. Two worlds, two incomes. And... there are actually a lot more Latin blacks in the Americas than non-Latin blacks.

  • Said in Los Angeles | August 22, 2013 2:18 AM

    What Turner said....

  • Turner | August 22, 2013 12:21 AM

    She always has been...being Hispanic and Black is a reality. So is Black and British, Black and French etc etc. Get over it.

  • Royce Cat | August 21, 2013 12:57 PMReply

    After the NINA SIMONE debacle, this woman is dead to me. I can never look at her face, in all its arrogant glory, on the screen again.

  • Great | August 21, 2013 1:50 PM

    And you are dead to her since you are a fucking nobody so everyone is happy. #hacksarefunny

  • Perry | August 21, 2013 12:49 PMReply

    Congrats to her

  • CareyCarey | August 23, 2013 8:34 PM

    The Michelletoo of, you know, yesterdays, is that you?

  • LL2 | August 23, 2013 8:02 PM

    @Michelletoo I still don't see what your issue is with Zoe Saldana. So being a Latina helps Zoe Saldana out, just like being half-white helps Barack Obama and Hallie Berry out, and being beautiful helps Gabrielle Union, your point? Life is not fair and no body gets ahead on merit alone. It should go without saying that everyone who succeeds has a little something or someone that helps them to win the game. No reason to hate on Zoe Saldana other than jealously. Life was this way before Zoe Saldana and it will be this way when she is gone.

  • MichelleToo | August 22, 2013 3:41 AM

    For the record, you have no idea who anybody is or is not on this site. Not saying I agree with the comment or not, but really....Royce Cat could be anybody.

    That said, you can be Black and French, Black and English, Black and one is disputing that. But to act like there aren't some serious sociopolitical gymnastics going on with Ms. Saldana is an oversimplification of well, reality. For the record, I say do what you have to do to get your game on. But don't then pretend that you didn't use EVERY SINGLE WEAPON at your disposal to win at the game call Being The Shit in Hollywood. Actually, don't pretend that being Latina isn't a weapon that is helping you to win the game.

  • Great 2.o | August 21, 2013 3:43 PM

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