Notro teams on Amazing! Pictures
MADRID — Cult horror pic filmmaker Brian Yuzna and burgeoning producer-distributor Notro Films are teaming to launch a Spanish genre production-distribution label, Amazing! Pictures.The alliance sees Notro and Magic Lantern, the new production/distribution house launched by Yuzna and Salvador Torrens, both taking 50% in joint venture Amazing! Based out of Barcelona, Amazing! will both produce and distribute genre pics. In Spain, Notro will handle theatrical distribution, with Warner Home Video managing home entertainment. Company’s first title for distribution is Terry Gilliam’s “Tideland.” In July, Notro bows “Wolf Creek,” directed by Greg Mclean. Third pic acquisition from Amazing!, to bow in the fall, is Mclean’s followup, “Rogue.” Amazing! plans to announce its first three productions this fall. Two are Spanish-language movies by Spanish helmers, the third is a higher-budget, English-language genre pic from an international director, Yuzna said. Amazing!’s genre brief is broad, ranging from straight horror items, to left-of-field pics like “Tideland,” Yuzna added. International distribution on Amazing! productions could go through Notro, or Halycon — Yuzna’s year-old L.A.-based production and sales house — or be handled by third-party sales agents. Amazing! is the latest addition to the Avanzit-backed CECSA, Spain’s youngest and most ambitious film conglom, which aims to list later this year. The producer of Stuart Gordon’s “Re-Animator” and the director of “Bride of Re-Animator,” Yuzna has had a large influence over genre geeks such as Quentin Tarantino. Yuzna’s contacts range from the U.S. to Europe, Asia and Latin America. With Filmax chair Julio Fernandez, he launched scarefare brand Fantastic Factory in 2000. The Filmax label sowed the seeds of a genre pic renaissance in Spain. With Notro a lede pic distributor-producer in CECSA, the conglom effectively acquires a genre label, and Spain another fillip to its already noteworthy genre film production.