NALA falls for ‘You’

Dunne helming Petzold script

Hollywood-based NALA Films is backing “Only Ever You,” a romantic comedy to be helmed by thesp-director-producer Griffin Dunne.

NALA CEO Emilio Diez Barroso and president Darlene Caamano Loquet are producing the pic penned by Mike Petzold, who also is co-producing.

Story follows a young widower who has to rediscover life and love after the death of his wife.

Film is scheduled to start shooting in January; no thesps are attached yet.

NALA (North America Latin America) Films was launched last year by Diez Barroso, one of the founders of Voy Pictures, and former talent scout/producer Caamano.

Company is backed by private capital, mostly from private Mexican investors including the Azcarraga family, which owns Mexican web Televisa.

Diez Barroso has been negotiating with private equity groups to establish a film fund of more than $100 million.

NALA aims to offer Hollywood directors a non-studio option and to bring in Latin American talent to film English-language pics. Company aims to produce four $12-million films per year.

This spring, NALA shot “The Air I Breathe” in Mexico City as well as “After Sex.” Company plans to bow both films this fall at the Toronto film fest.

Current slate also includes supernatural horror pic “Night of Light,” to be directed by Spanish director Norberto Lopez Amado (“They’re Watching Us”), also to be filmed in Mexico, and novel adaptation “La Magdalena” for Colombian director Simon Brand.

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