TriPictures reels in film production

Move means nearly all of Spain's top indie distribs now have production operations

MADRID — Just a week after tying down an output deal with New Line, aggressive Spanish distribber TriPictures has unveiled its first inhouse pic productions.

TriPictures’ move into moviemaking means that nearly all of Spain’s top indie distribs now have production operations, although these are sometimes housed at other companies such as distrib Sogepaq sister firm Sogecine.

While many Spanish pics have underperformed this year, local productions have still given some Spanish distribs their biggest hits. Potentially accessing Spanish subsidies, inhouse productions also allow distribs a far greater range of product.

TriPictures long-mooted entry into filmmaking follows the appointment in June of Douglas Wilson to head production at TriPictures. Line producer Jose Picazo has joined TriPictures to oversee physical production, reporting to Wilson.

The distrib house’s first production slate is headed by a contempo adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s thriller “The Suicide Club.” TriPictures has also signed an option with Fernando Camara, who co-helmed “Memorias del angel caido,” to script “The Inheritors.”

Both projects are Spanish-lingo, budgeted at $3 million-$4 million, and are skedded to shoot next year. TriPictures is in talks to attach directors, who are likely to be young Spanish helmers.

Charting their future

“The line we want to follow is to make talent-driven films in a commercial context,” Wilson tells Variety. “We want to get involved in international co-productions, but it’s important for us to put ourselves on the map by producing a couple of films,” he adds.

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