Green Dog flying to Mexico

A rival project to Alfonso Cuaron’s upcoming “Mexico ’68″ is in the works, with John Leguizamo and Vanessa Bauche (“Amores Perros”) attached to star.

Produced by U.S. shingle Green Dog Films, the docudrama, titled “Tlatelolco,” centers on the infamous 1968 massacre of students in Tlatelolco, Mexico City, on the eve of the Mexico City Olympics.

To be shot in Mexico and the U.S. in English and Spanish, pic’s principal photography is targeted for February 2005.

Pic follows an American journalist who visits the Mexican capital to cover the Olympics but gets caught up in the political maelstrom instead. Role has yet to be cast. Leguizamo plays a Mexican friend who urges the reporter to unearth the truth behind the massacre.

Docudrama will include some newly discovered archival footage and will feature some of Mexico’s hottest bands.

Pic, budgeted at $4 million, will be the directorial debut of Mexican musicvideo/commercials helmers Leopoldo and Everardo Gout. Their mother, a documaker, was the only one to gain access to the warden of the Lecumberri prison where student leaders were imprisoned. U.S. casting director/scribe Geno Havens, who has worked closely with survivors of the massacre, penned the screenplay.

Pic would not be the first to focus on the tragedy. Jorge Fons’ 1989 drama “Rojo Amanecer” (Red Dawn) was set in an apartment overlooking the plaza where the massacre took place. Meanwhile, Vicente Lenero (“The Crime of Father Amaro”) is penning the screenplay for Cuaron’s “Mexico ’68.”

Producers include Ram Bergman, Jason Gurvitz and Yan Fisher Romanovsky.

Former New Line execs Michael Harpster, Kevin Benson along with Rob Ree of Fusion Management serve as executive producers.

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