From the city of skyscrapers to the beaches of the Pacific, the successful U.S. series "Gossip Girl" is about to have a Mexican version set in the resort town of Acapulco, whose image has suffered in recent years from the constant violence.

"Acapulco is a great brand for Mexico but it needs to clean itself up a little. It's true that many incidents of insecurity in recent years have kept tourists away," the producer of the series, Pedro Torres, told Efe.

Now all is in readiness to start shooting next week the new version that will premiere on July 1.

Broadcast in more than 30 countries, "Gossip Girl" relates the adventures of a group of young people living on Manhattan's exclusive Upper East Side and how they deal with the gossip of an anonymous blogger whose identity is the source of intrigue.

The screenplay is the same as in the original version, unfolds the same plot with the same characters, though it is adapted to a Mexican audience and the sands of Pacific beaches.

Rather than an urban setting, Torres said, the story will play out in the port of Acapulco, "an icon for all Mexicans" but now going through a bad moment due to gangland violence that has claimed more than 70,000 lives in Mexico over the last six years. EFE