Rumors of a Doña Bárbara reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Thursday (January 23) as reports claimed that Telemundo confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2021.
UPDATE 24/01/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 11 years since Doña Bárbara first aired?! (11 years, 5 months, 20 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did Doña Bárbara end?
When Doña Bárbara came to an end after 1 year in May 2009, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Bárbara Guaimarán (Edith González) and Marisela Barquero (Génesis Rodríguez). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a Doña Bárbara reunion disappoint people?
Doña Bárbara aired from 2008-2009 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But González said she's not sure if Doña Bárbara would work today. “I don't want to see old Bárbara Guaimarán,” she told a journalist (González turned 55 in December). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” she added.
Still hoping for a Doña Bárbara movie?
In a recent interview, Maritza Rodríguez (who played Asunción Vergel de Luzardo) said she can't imagine a Doña Bárbara reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Jencarlos Canela (who played Asdrúbal) has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a Doña Bárbara movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a Doña Bárbara film, Edith González stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a Doña Bárbara reboot?
Recasting Doña Bárbara for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a Doña Bárbara reunion, a Doña Bárbara movie, or a Doña Bárbara reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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