Drive Ent. unveils Disney deal

Co. also announces film slate

Spain’s Drive Entertainment is shifting into a higher gear.

Disney has closed Latin American and Spanish rights on Chilean helmer Nicolas Lopez’s “Santos,” a e5 million ($6.4 million) superhero spoof co-produced by Drive.

One of the biggest-budgeted pics from Latin America last year, the sci-fi romantic comedy toplining Elsa Pataky (“Snakes on a Plane”) offers more gross-out humor from Lopez (“Promedio rojo”).

It turns on a failed comic book artist who lives in a parallel universe where he’s a superhero — but not a very good one.

Pic, shot in Chile and Tokyo, was co-produced by Drive with Aldea Films plus Lopez’s label Sobras.

Drive has signed a three-pic deal with Lopez, per Drive prexy Jose Manuel Lorenzo.

The Madrid-based film and legit production house is also launching pics by helmer Agustin Diaz Yanes (“Alatriste”) and Mexican conceptual artist Stefan Bruggeman.

Diaz Yanes’ new project, Lorenzo said, is a thriller in the line of his debut pic, the gritty suspenser “Nobody Will Talk About Us When We’re Dead.”

Diaz Yanes has delivered a screenplay. Pic will soon cast.

Nacho Cano, who directed the 1980s revival legit tuner “Hoy no me Puedo Levantar” for Drive, is also preparing another musical.

Based around the songs of Cano’s Spanish pop group Mecano, the sold-out “Levantar” has grossed e41 million in Spain and Mexico.

Launched in 2004 by TV exec Lorenzo, Drive scored early with immigration dramedy “Crossing Borders.” Sold at Berlin by Imagina, pic was a spring sleeper, grossing e1.5 million in Spain.

Lorenzo now plans to sell around 40% of Drive to finance second-phase expansion. Drive has hired Spanish consultancy Arcano to advise on the sale.

“Drive now has large film and entertainment projects and international plans,” he said, “and I want shareholders who share these plans for international expansion.”

The company has held preliminary talks with prospective buyers, Lorenzo added.

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