In perhaps the most random TV-related story to hit the net today, it appears that Mexico is mounting its own version of the recently-departed Gossip Girl. Not content simply to pull a Baywatch and dub the episodes over, producer Pedro Torres has mounted a full-scale remake of The CW hit.
Take this photo for consideration:
Starting in the back row, from left to right, we have Vanessa (whose surname is now García), Serena (now Sofía López-Haro), Jenny (now Jenny Parra), and Blair (now Bárbara Fuenmayor). Up in front, we have Dan (Daniel Parra), Nate (Nico de la Vega), and Chuck (now Max Zaga).
As peculiar as this might seem, this isn’t the first attempt at reimagining Gossip Girl for an international market. Last year, Warner Bros. teamed with two Chinese production companies to mount a Mandarin-language version of the series titled (I swear I’m not making this up), China Girl. The show’s Mexican counterpart is set to begin airing in July, with all the fashion, fights, and hook-ups as the American original – except with more rolled Rs. Sexy.
And if you’re in the mood for one last bit of mind-screwery, check out these side-by-side comparisons of the original Gossip Girl cast with their Acapulco counterparts.