Emilia Goes Hollywood!

Writer/Director Acquires Rights to Groundbreaking Emilia Cruz Detective Novels

spotlight on a white background and CLIFF DIVER book by Carmen AmatoPITTSBURGH, May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Screenwriter and director Emily Skopov is pleased to announce the acquisition of film and television rights to the Detective Emilia Cruz series by mystery author Carmen Amato. The series, which includes the novels CLIFF DIVER, HAT DANCE, and DIABLO NIGHTS, as well as a collection of short stories, features Emilia Cruz as the first and only female police detective in Acapulco.

Physically tough yet emotionally vulnerable, Cruz must be her own moral compass as police investigations pit her against Mexico’s drug cartel violence, government corruption, and gender bias against a woman in a traditionally male occupation. A relationship with an American man in a high-profile position further complicates Cruz’s life.

“Emilia is a fascinating, multidimensional character with a complex backstory,” says Skopov. “This female-driven crime series, with such an inherently dramatic setting that features glamorous resorts against the local culture of poverty and violence presents an amazing opportunity for film and episodic television adaptations.”  Currently working with producers Michael Keyes of Something Kreative, and Zack Stentz (screenwriter “Thor”, “X-Men: First Class”) to set up production on “Three Rivers,” a Pittsburgh-set gritty true-crime thriller co-written with Eddie Richey (“Phoenix“), Skopov is best known for her work on such TV fare as “Xena: Warrior Princess,” SyFy’s “Farscape,” and the indie feature “Novel Romance.”

With iconic Acapulco as the series’ backdrop and plotting that parallels today’s headlines, Skopov believes the Emilia Cruz franchise will attract English-language viewers in the United States and gain a large Spanish-language fan base in both the US and Latin America for the dubbed or sub-titled version. Full press release here.

Praise for the Emilia Cruz mystery series 

“Consistently exciting . . . A clever Mexican detective tale that will leave readers eager for the series’ next installment.” — Kirkus Reviews on CLIFF DIVER

“For pure entertainment and a gripping story likely resulting in nail-biting, read Carmen Amato’s addictive prose. She knows this territory like a jaguar.” Amazon Hall of Fame reviewer Grady Harp on HAT DANCE

“Emilia is definitely a character that is close to my heart. She is a real gem with human feelings, a strong personality that doesn’t bend even with all the crap she’s dished every day from every corner.” Mystery Sequels on DIABLO NIGHTS

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  1. Bren Murphy

    Hi Carmen, The whole idea of breaking through stereotypes – especially as they relate to different cultures is – really powerful and, for an author, quite brave.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts,
    Bren Murphy


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