Gina Rodriguez to Produce and Star in Live-Action ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Movie
By Meredith B. Kile
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Dust off your red fedoras, there’s a new Carmen Sandiego reboot coming, starring Gina Rodriguez!
The Jane the Virgin star is set to produce and star in a live-action film adaptation of the beloved computer game and media franchise, which centers around a globe-trotting thief named Carmen Sandiego. Netflix has acquired the rights to the project, which is being billed as a standalone adventure that will satisfy nostalgia for the beloved educational character while also introducing her to a new generation of fans.
Rodriguez will also voice Carmen in a new animated series for Netflix, with publisher and learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt set to release a new series of Carmen Sandiego books tied to the series’ planned 2019 premiere. No release date, writer or director has yet been announced for the live-action film.
The animated series, which was announced last spring, will see Carmen “back and ready for a new crop of international capers” in addition to exploring “who in the world is Carmen Sandiego, and why she became a super thief.”
“Don't ask where ... ask who.” Rodriguez teased on Twitter at the time.
“I feel like I get to tell Jane’s story so often and I love that -- it's such an incredible feeling,” the actress remarked. “But [with directing,] I get to be a storyteller for this little chapter, and there's something about stretching your wings like that that I haven't been able to do in the past three years.”
“I get to be more creative, I get to use more of my heart and my energy,” she added. “It’s a challenge, but it's the right kind of challenge for me.”