Project currently at script stage

Argentinean director Pablo Trapero, whose “Leonera” plays in Competition in Cannes today, is prepping a new feature film, love story “Pampas.”

Currently at script stage, in many ways, “Pampas” plays off “Leonera.”

“It’s not a sequel, the structure’s more classical,” Trapero said. “But again it’s a film where relationships adopt directions which the characters wouldn’t have believed at the beginning of the story,”

It looks likely to topline actress-producer Martina Gusman, Trapero’s partner in real life, who would play a jailed woman who gives birth in prison and struggles to bring up her son with dignity.

Trapero will most probably write the screenplay of “Pampas” with Alejandro Fadel, Martin Mauregui and Santiago Mitre, all of who collaborated on the screenplay of “Leonera.”

“When I develop an idea, I always start out on my own with the screenplay and then bring other people on board,” Trapero said.

And, he is hoping to repeat the production-sales structure of “Leonera.”

Trapero is in conversations with the Disney-backed Patagonik, which co-produced “Leonera,” and South Korean sales agent Fine Cut, whose head Suh Young-joo sold and co-financed “Leonera” when at Cineclick, for both to board “Pampas.”

“Leonera” was also produced by Trapero’s own label Matanza Films and Walter Salles and Mauricio Andrade Ramos’ Video Filmes.

Trapero will return to writing “Pampas” after Cannes, he said.

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