Almodovars, Banderas, Cruz mull ‘Tarantula’

Spanish pic could lens in the fall

MADRID — Spain’s dream screen team of Almodovar, Banderas and Cruz is one step closer to reality.

Over dinner Friday night at the Hotel du Cap, near Cannes, Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Banderas reaffirmed their commitment to link up on the Spanish-lingo “Tarantula,” an adaptation of French novel “Mygale” by Thierry Jonquet.

Almodovar is currently writing the screenplay. The femme lead is earmarked for Penelope Cruz.

“Tarantula” will be Pedro Almodovar’s next pic if “the dates when Pedro completes the screenplay coincide with Antonio being free,” Almodovar’s producer, bro Agustin Almodovar, told Daily Variety.

Almodovar can take just months or years — five in the case of “Live Flesh” – to write a script to his own satisfaction.

Banderas has a window open in November. He will meet with the Almodovars in Madrid in July to assess whether “Tarantula” is a go for the fall.

Set in Spain around 2010 on a country estate in northern Galicia, “Tarantula” turns on the revenge of a top plastic surgeon.

Cruz has worked recently with Almodovar, including a notable turn as a pregnant, AIDS-ill nun in “All About My Mother.”

Banderas first won international recognition for his roles in Almodovar’s “Law of Desire” (1987) and “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988) but last worked with the helmer on “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” (1990).

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