The new novel by acclaimed author Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Mexican Gothic – will become a limited series on Hulu. Published in June, the title has generated a lot of buzz since its release. And it has also become a mainstay on the New York Times bestseller list. Let’s take a look at what we know about Mexican Gothic, and Hulu’s plans for the adaptation.
Mexican Gothic Is An Expertly Crafted Horror Story
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Mexican Gothic is the story of Noemí Taboada. She is an aristocratic young woman, bold and glamorous and an unlikely heroine. After receiving an alarming letter from her beloved cousin, Noemí travels far from her home in Mexico City. She arrives at a crumbling old mansion whose family harbors dark secrets. The longer she stays at the mansion known as High Place, the more Noemí herself falls prey to the sickness that has also infected her cousin. Soon Noemí begins to have visions of a golden woman with no face, and a long-dead daughter of the family who is trying to warn her of something terrible.
The novel has all the hallmarks of a classic work of gothic horror: a decaying mansion shrouded in mist. A once wealthy family with dark secrets who taints all those who come near them. A dark and unfathomable monster lurking in the shadows.
Mexican Gothic is many things: a mystery with a supernatural twist and fantastical undertones. It is also a story about power and powerlessness. It delves into the exploitation of land by white colonialism. There are themes of race and class that pervade the story, along with a strong feminist message. An exquisitely crafted novel that is layered and complex. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you reading late into the night.
Mexican Gothic Will Come To Life At Hulu
Coming to a screen (scream?) near you: Hulu, ABC Signature Studios and Milojo Productions have optioned MEXICAN GOTHIC. It will be adapted as a limited series. 🥰 https://t.co/srt5Hqak4R
— Silvia Moreno-Garcia (@silviamg) August 11, 2020
Moreno-Garcia’s prose is vivid and cinematic, making the novel rife for adaptation. Hulu will adapt the novel along with Milojo Productions, the company run by Kelly Ripa and her husband. In a statement to Deadline, Ripa says “We feel like we hit the literary jackpot, and cannot wait to bring Silvia’s gorgeous writing to life, together with Hulu.” According to reports, Mexican Gothic will be a limited series on Hulu. No release date has been set.
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