The Jenni Rivera film looks like it will be delayed once again after the Rivera family announced it is opposed to the movie or any product that uses her name.
According to the Rivera family, La Diva de la Banda's name is a commercial name that is protected by law and cannot be used without authorization. Rivera's sister Rosie sent a letter to the press stating that the only person who will produce a Rivera movie will be her and no one will be allowed to use her name for any commercial product.
Last week Francisco Joel Mendoza announced that he would be directing the biopic and that he had obtained permission from the family. Additionally he stated that production would commence in April. However nothing was confirmed by the family.
Ever since January, rumors about a Rivera biopic have surfaced in the media. Actress Angelica Vale and Model/Actress Alicia Machado have been rumored for the role.
Additionally, the movie was also speculated to be produced by Jennifer Lopez. The Singer/Actress stated that she believed that Rivera's life should be given a Hollywood treatment like Selena. Rivera's sister Rosie also confirmed that she had met with Lopez about the project and stated that Nuyorican productions would produce and finance. However, Lopez later denied any involvement.
A concert movie is scheduled for release in July but there is no word on the biopic. The third season of Rivera's reality TV show "I Love Jenni," will premiere on April 14 on Mun2. The series will show footage of Rivera shot a month before her fatal death. There is also a Rivera English album slated to be released later this year.