‘Kovak’ duo share ‘Cell 211’

Pic to roll March 2008

LA CORUNA — Daniel Monzon and Jorge Guerricaechevarria, helmer and co-scribe of “The Kovak Box,” are reteaming on gritty jail-set thriller “Cell 211.”

“Cell 211” will be produced by Emma Lustres’ Vaca Films. Monzon and Guerricaechevarria are currently writing the screenplay. “Cell” is skedded to roll March 2008.

Tinged with social overtones, it turns on a prison riot that sparks a political crisis and a media blitz, which shake the very foundations of Spain.

The drama begins with a rookie prison employee getting trapped in the penitentiary as it erupts in violence and having to pass himself off as a new prison inmate.

Lustres acquired big screen adaptation rights for “Cell” at the first MIDA Ibero-American Audiovisual Rights market in Barcelona. ” ‘Cell’ will be a dark film in all senses, cynical, claustrophobic, shot in a vibrant, documentary-like style near to Paul Greengrass’ ‘Bloody Sunday,’ ” said Monzon.

Film is based on a novel of the same title by Francisco Perez Gandul. Vaca aims to structure “Celda” as a European co-production.

Based out of La Coruna, the center of Galicia’s regional film industry, Vaca specializes in genre pics, young helmers and international co-productions.

It has linked with top Argentine production house Patagonik to produce village-set drama-thriller “Retornos,” about a man who returns to his home village.

Written by Monzon and Guerricaechevarria, “Box” has been one of the only Spanish films to make an impact at the Spanish box office this year, grossing Euros 1.6 million ($2.2 million). Guerricaechevarria is the longtime writing partner of Alex de la Iglesia and co-wrote Pedro Almodovar’s “Live Flesh.”

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