Prodigius adds Jaime film to slate

Antena 3's Ensueno will co-produce

BERLIN — Prodigius has added another project to its slate of Spanish historical movies: a bio of Jaime I, King of Aragon.

The 12th century warrior monarch’s main claim to fame was his conquest of Majorca and Valencia in Spain, two victories over the Moors that accelerated the Christian Re-Conquest of Spain.

Prodigius topper Agusti Mezquida said the movie will be structured with coin from Valencia.

Antena 3’s production arm Ensueno will co-produce given that Prodigius and A3 TV are both co-owned by DeAPlaneta, a joint venture of Spanish and Italian media congloms Planeta and DeAgostini.

“Jaime 1” is the third historical actioner unveiled by Prodigius. Set around Napolean’s siege of Zaragoza in 1808, the $40 million “Independencia!” goes into pre-production March 1.

The announcement of the Jaime I bio comes after Mezquida, who helped launch DeAPlaneta in 2000, ankled DeAPlaneta and bought 50% of the film and TV projects and brand of Prodigius. The remaining 50% is still owned by DeAPlaneta.

Mezquida will exec produce “Independencia!”

“Our production model is to make compelling stories, rolling off the larger production capacity in Spain, and the strategic interest of Antena 3 to invest in Spanish film,” Mezquida said.

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