Mouse makes leap to Mexican ‘Frogs’

Pic will be the first feature from helmer Colon

Disney’s Latin label Miravista is producing its first Mexican film since setting up a local production office last year under producer Inna Payan (“Chilango Blues”).

Romantic comedy “Cansado de besar sapos” (Tired of Kissing Frogs) will be the first feature from helmer Jorge Colon, a Miami-based Venezuelan commercial director. Mexican film and TV director Joaquin Bissner penned the script.

L.A.-based producer Conrad Hool’s son Christopher is producing via his Bazooka Films. Santo Domingo Films and Elisa Salinas Corp. co-produce. The $2.1 million pic will be distributed by Buena Vista Intl.

Story follows a graphic designer who gives up on love and opts for casual affairs after she discovers her boyfriend cheating on her. TV actress Ana Serradilla and Jose Maria de Tavira star.

Miravista previously co-produced Mexican film “Ladies’ Night,” the top Mexican B.O. earner in 2004.

Philip Alexander, head of Buena Vista and Columbia TriStar’s local joint venture, said both Miravista and Columbia Pictures Mexico had taken their time to set up their first projects to ensure they crafted local hits. Col Pictures Mexico, launched in 2003 under Gabriel Ripstein, is shooting “Charm School.”

“It’s like when you turn a big ship, it takes a while, but once you get it going there is no stopping it,” said Alexander. “Mexico is a very solid market if you make the right project.”

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