Constantini, TWC hot for ‘Burning’

Duo take Latin American rights to Theron film

Costantini Films and the Weinstein Co. have taken all Latin American rights on Charlize Theron starrer “The Burning Plain,” the directorial debut of “Babel” screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga.

Also written by Arriaga, and now in pre-production, “Plain” is produced by Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes. Theron exec produces with 2929’s Marc Butan, Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban. Beth Kono co-produces.

Pic will shoot in New Mexico.

“Burning” is being sold at the AFM by 2929, which also struck territorial deals with Tohokushinsha for Japan, Medusa Films for Italy, Wild Bunch for France, Dendy for Australia, Sandrew Metronome for Scandinavia; A-Film for the Benelux region, MGN-Paradise for East Europe, Eco Films for Portugal, Odeon Films for Greece, Acqua Group for Turkey, and ECS for the Middle East.

Like the screenplays Arriaga penned for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu pics “Babel,” “21 Grams” and “Amores perros,” it weaves multipart story strands. The focus is on the difficult childhood of a woman, played by Theron, who later in life attempts reconciliation with her parents. Kim Basinger plays the mother in her younger days, and Danny Pino (“The Lost City”) has cast been opposite Theron.

Pickup marks the latest move by Costantini and TWC, which last year at Cannes launched a joint Latin American production and distribution fund.

The partners’ first production, Jose Padilla’s tough Brazilian cop drama “Elite Squad,” bowed Oct. 5. It generated $8.5 million and 1.7 million admissions by the end of the month, making it the highest-grossing film of the year in Brazil.

“The Queen,” another TWC/Costantini pickup for Latin America, grossed 1.5 million admissions in the region.

As with “The Queen,” Costantini and TWC look likely to use subdistribs to handle “Burning” in other parts of Latin America.

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