Argos makes ‘News’

Mandoki may helm Garcia Marquez adaptation

MIAMI — Mexico City-based Argos Cine is negotiating for the rights to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel “News of a Kidnapping” and is in talks with helmer Luis Mandoki to direct a Spanish-lingo adaptation.

The 1996 novel is based on real-life incidents in Garcia Marquez’s native Colombia, where drug lords kidnapped 10 VIPs to preempt their own extradition to the U.S.

Argos Cine is also hoping to attach Mandoki to a second Spanish-lingo project, “Crimen del estado” (A crime of the state), a project conceived by Mexican writer Jorge Volpi.

Argentinean screenwriter Aida Bortnik, who penned 1986 foreign-lingo Oscar winner “The Official Story” and, more recently, the crime thriller “Cenizas del paraiso,” will script.

Political love story

“Crimen” is a love story set in the context of Mexico’s political transition kicking off with the murder of a politician inspired by the 1994 assassination of Luis Donaldo Colosio.

Either project would mark the return of Mexican native Mandoki to Spanish-lingo production after a stretch of Hollywood pics that includes “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “Message in a Bottle” and the upcoming Jennifer Lopez starrer “Angel Eyes.”

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