Set around 1910, Western will topline Sam Shepard, Stephen Rea and Eduardo Noriega. Exective production will be carried out by Andres Santana’s Aiete Films.
The English-language “Blackthorn” has Shepard as an incognito Butch Cassidy 15 years after his supposed gunning down by the Bolivian police, plotting to return to the U.S. and retire. Noriega plays a trigger-happy cowboy who loses Cassidy’s life savings, pushing Cassidy into a final job, a mine heist. Rea limns a railroad employee, originally sent after Cassidy following his string of U.S. bank robberies, who’s still keen to hunt Cassidy down.
“Blackthorn” is looking at a March shoot in Alicante, Spain, and on location in Bolivia. Spanish pubcaster pre-bought the pic, and will handle international sales.
“Blackthorn” is budgeted at $7.5 million, Cormenzana said at the Seville European Festival, where he also announced a second project, “Snowhite,” the sophomore feature of Pablo Berger, whose debut, “Torremolinos 73,” was the subject of a hit Chinese remake.
Rolling in May, and backed by Eurimages funding, “Snowhite” reps a comedy makeover of the Snow White fairytale, transposing it to 1920s Seville. Maribel Verdu (“Tetro”) will play the evil stepmother, Cormenzana said. The dwarfs perform as circus bullfighters.
Budgeted at $7.2 million, “Snowhite” will be co-produced with France’s Noodles Prods.
Arcadia is one of the two or three Spanish companies regularly tapping tax breaks in Spain. Tax money reps of 15%-20% of films’ financing, Cormenzana said. Money is channeled through Agrupaciones de Interes Economico — tax deduction companies — which act as official producers on films.