Spain’s KanZaman moves into pic prod’n

'Tracker,' 'Lobster Trap' top slate

SAN SEBASTIAN — Spain’s leading film service company, Madrid-based KanZaman, is moving into English-lingo film production with a 1999 slate which immediately makes it as one of Spain’s most ambitious and international outfits.

KanZaman’s two biggest production projects, both English-lingo projects, are scripted by the Los Angeles-based Neil Cohen who wrote the screenplay for the Andy Garcia-starrer “Death in Granada.” Both are being framed as international co-productions.

On ‘Track’

A first is the $8 million-$10 million adventure romance “Tracker,” to be helmed by Mexico’s Salvador Carrasco, whose latest film was the Spanish-lingo “The Other Conquest” with Placido Domingo. “Tracker” rolls next year in Mexico with Bill Pullman attached to the project.

Cohen is also scripting the $10 million romantic comedy, “The Lobster Trap”, to shoot in New York and southern France.

KanZaman is also prepping the TV movie, and possible three-part TV series, “Straights,” a thriller being written by Martin Stellman and Brian Ward, with Stellman to direct .

First production

KanZaman’s first production, to go before the cameras later this year, is Jose Maria Borrell’s Spanish-language debut, “El arbol del penitente”.

Run by partners Denise O’Dell and Mark Albela, KanZaman has previously provided production services on big-budget international pics, such as locating the Pyrenees-shot, pre-title sequence on “Tomorrow Never Dies.”

O’Dell co-produced Jeremy Thomas’ “All the Little Animals.” KanZaman and Thomas’ Recorded Picture Co. are now discussing a possible, co-production project.

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