MGM makes vid wiz head of its ‘Garcia’

'Teen Spirit' helmer makes feature debut

MGM will remake the 1974 Sam Peckinpah drama “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia” as a starring vehicle for Oscar-winning “Traffic” star Benicio Del Toro.

The film will mark the feature directorial debut of Samuel Bayer, a video and commercials director best known for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video.

Gritty actioner “Alfredo Garcia” revolved around a wealthy Mexican man who offers a $1 million reward for the skull of the title character, who seduced his daughter. In the remake, Del Toro will play a character named Benny, who’s out to claim the reward.

The redo will be scripted by Mateo Silva, a Harvard English professor whose writing sample grabbed MGM topper Michael Nathanson and production president Alex Gartner. The film will be produced by Del Toro, Bayer and Rick Yorn, who through AMG put all the pieces of the package together.

Del Toro has just completed starring with Tommy Lee Jones in the William Friedkin-directed Lakeshore drama “The Hunted.” Pic stalled close to the end of production when the actor broke his wrist. Landing him was a coup for MGM, coming after it landed the Oscar-nominated Denzel Washington to reteam with director Carl Franklin in “Out of Time.”

Bayer has directed more than 100 videos for the likes of the Rolling Stones, Marilyn Manson, Metallica and David Bowie, as well as numerous national commercials for the likes of Nike, Coke, Pepsi, Nissan and Mountain Dew. Del Toro’s agented by IFA, Bayer by UTA.

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