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Attention fans of "La Diva de la Banda" - the Jenni Rivera movie is officially ready to begin production.
Director Francisco Joel Mendoza will start filming his biographical Rivera movie, aptly titled "La Diva de la Banda," in April, La Opinión reported.
Numerous famous names have floated around the project, but as of now no one has been confirmed yet to play Rivera in the film. Although, Mendoza did suggest Jennifer Lopez of Angelica Vale could star when he appeared on Univisión's "El Gordo y la Flaca," according to The Huffington Post.
While there is only scant information on the upcoming biopic, Mendoza claims he's obtained the blessing of Rivera's family to make the movie and use her name, something sure to comfort her millions of fans.
As Hoy Los Angeles noted, "Jenni Rivera" is a registered trademark. And, according to The Huffington Post, Pedro Rivera, Jenni's father, has sworn he'd file a lawsuit against anyone who attempted to profit off his daughter's name or image without his consent.
Shortly before her death, the singer wrote a letter declaring her younger sister Rosie should care for her five children and take control of her multi-million dollar estate, Jenni Enterprises, which has been valued as high as $25 million, in the event of her death.
Rivera's legacy and music have experienced a surprising surge in popularity since her death in a December plane crash thanks her devoted fan base. Three of pop star's records recently scored the top three spots on the Billboard Latin charts. Rivera's album "La Misma Gran Señora" landed Billboard's number one spot this week, and her records "Joyas Prestadas: Pop" and "Joyas Prestadas: Banda" snagged the number two and three positions.
Rivera was also recently honored with five trophies - including Artist of the Year - in the General, Pop and Regional categories at the Premios Lo Nuestro award show, and the icon received 11 posthumous nominations for the upcoming Latin Grammys in April.
The singer's family also plans to finally release her memoir, "Unbreakable," in English and Spanish in July.
Rivera, four of her staff, and two pilots died Dec. 9 when the small private Learjet carrying them plummeted from 28,000 feet and crashed into a mountainous area 9,000 feet above sea level, according to Mexico's transportation secretary. The jet was flying them from the northern Mexican city of Monterrey to the central city of Toluca. According to CNN, the cause of the crash is under investigation. The accident report will not be ready for nine months to a year, the secretary of communications and transportation said.