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Spain’s ‘Alatriste’ sets sail with Fox, U

Pic to start shooting March 7

MADRID — Twentieth Century Fox has taken Spanish and Latin American theatrical and DVD/video rights on the most expensive Spanish-lingo film ever made in Spain, the $28 million swashbuckler “Alatriste” (Captain Alatriste), starring Viggo Mortensen.

In a rare second U.S. studio deal for a Spanish film, Universal Studios Networks Espana has taken an unspecified financial stake in the pic, co-produced by Estudios Picasso, the production arm of broadcaster Telecinco and Antonio Cardenal’s Origen.

Written and directed by Agustin Diaz Yanes (“No News From God”), pic will start shooting March 7 in Madrid, Cuenca and Andalusia.

TF1 Intl. announced at the Berlin Film Festival that it will sell the film in the rest of the world.

Mortensen plays Diego Alatriste, a Spanish soldier-cum-mercenary embroiled in the country’s 16th-century imperial wars.

Cast includes Javier Camara (“Talk to Her”), Elena Anaya (“Van Helsing”), Unax Ugalde, Ariadna Gil, Antonio Resines and Blanca Portillo.

“Las aventuras del Capitan Alatriste” is a five-novel series written by bestselling Spanish novelist Arturo Perez-Reverte.

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