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Starz orders Cuban-set supernatural drama Santeria, two other projects

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Starz is developing supernatural series Santeria from Cuban writer-director Alejandro Brugues, the network announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Friday.

The Cuban-set series explores a secret war brewing as a opposing sects of ancient religion Santeria clash. Two undercover agents investigating a bizarre murder are pulled into the conflict and discover its dangers and more far-reaching than anything they could have imagined. Brugues and Eduardo Sanchez will executive-produce and direct with Gregg Hale.

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The network will also team with Televisa USA to develop Maleficio, based on the popular telenovela El Maleficio. The supernatural thriller follows a powerful Mexican businessman who makes a deadly pact with the Devil. The project hails from writer-producer Mauricio Katz, will will executive-produce with Pedro Peirano.

Additionally, Starz is developing Pour Vida, a series inspired by a short story by Richard Villegas. The project delves into the lives of twin sisters who inherit an East LA building from their recently deceased aunt who raised them. They decide to open Pour Vida, a wine and tapas bar, to keep the spirit of the historic barrio alive. Marc Turtletaub, Dan Pasternack and Erin Keating will executive-produce.