Laura Esquivel best-selling novel ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ (Como Agua Para Chocolate) is being adopted for television. Endemol Shine Studies has obtained the rights from Esquivel “to adapt as a global television franchise.” The small screen adaptation will first be presented in English with plans to then present in other languages.
The 1989 novel by then first-time novelist Esquivel sold 3.5 million copies and was eventually published in 45 languages. The book was made into a movie in 1992 becoming one of the most successful Mexican films released in the U.S. In 1994, the English translation of the book was released in the U.S.
This fictional story infused with magic realism is set in pre-Revolutionary Mexico, telling the story of Tita, who desperately wants to be married but tradition has tasked her as her mother’s caregiver, so she can never marry. Tita’s longing for love are expressed through her cooking especially when she makes hot chocolate by boiling water with cocoa in such a way it is constantly being stirred up like the highly emotional Tita.
Specific launch dates for the television project have not been released.
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