DeAPlaneta teams on 2 movie-minis

'1714,' 'Independence' both budgeted around $19 mil

SITGES, Spain — DeAPlaneta, co-owner of broadcaster Antena 3, and Spanish production giant Mediapro are teaming to produce “1714,” a E15 million ($19 million) movie-miniseries.

“1714,” which is being offered to select European broadcasters at Mipcom, will follow another DeAPlaneta macro-production, movie-mini “Independencia” (Independence).

Also budgeted around $19 million, “Independence” is co-produced by DeAPlaneta, Ensueno, Antena 3’s production division and Zaragoza-based production house Lobomedia.

Production for DeAPlaneta on both projects is being carried out by Prodigius Audiovisual, its fiction production arm.

DeAPlaneta is a joint venture of Spain’s Planeta and Italy’s DeAgostini, both media congloms.

“1714” follows an English spy sent to Barcelona to ferment its rebellion against the Spanish monarchy during the Spanish War of Succession.

As a flagship Catalan project, the movie-mini is being backed by Catalan pubcaster TVC, Spain’s richest regional pubcaster.

With the War of Succession involving France, England, Italy and Germany, “1714” is being structured as a Euro TV co-production with an international cast and crew, Prodigius director Jaume Santacana told Daily Variety.

Based on a historical novel trilogy by Alfred Bosch, “1714” will move into production in September.

Shooting in July, “Independence” portrays Spain’s struggle against the invasion of Napoleon’s troops in 1800. The historical adventure pic-mini has been scripted by Michel Gaztambide (“Box 507”). It will topline Spanish and French actors. A director will soon be attached, Santacana said.

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