Nicolas Lopez

Director, Chile

Lopez could retire next year at the age of 25 with an international career behind him. Elizabeth Avellan’s Troublemaker Studios and Spain’s Drive are co-producing Lopez’s sophomore movie, “Santos,” currently in post. Lopez will roll early 2008 on “178 Jak Johnsons” for Salma Hayek’s Ventanazul and MGM. Both add to the growing list of fanboy titles that straddle the Spanish-speaking and U.S. worlds.

Lopez is a trailblazer: “Santos” is the Spanish-speaking world’s first immersion in sci-fi f/x filmmaking. Like Guillermo del Toro, Lopez is a genre helmer, though he prefers humor to horror. “Rojo” was a laugh-out-loud college dork fest; “Santos” turns a dweeby comicbook writer into a spandex superhero; and “178” spoofs “Terminator.”

Lopez is also intent on building his local industry — a very Latin desire. His latest production out of Chile-based Sobras is youth comedy “Normal con alas,” which bows shortly.

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