'Orphanage' producers make first pic in English

SITGES, Spain — Brit Andrew Douglas will helm “The Perfect Assassin,” being produced by “The Orphanage” co-producers Joaquin Padro and Mar Targarona at Barcelona’s Rodar y Rodar, and Robyn Slovo at London’s Company Pictures.

The $14.6 million movie will be made in association with Andrew Douglas Films, which is also based in London.

“Assassin” will be Douglas’ second feature, following “The Amityville Horror.” Its screenplay, which is by Brit Paul Webb (“Lincoln”), adapts London-based writer Tariq Goddard’s novel “Homage to a Firing Squad.”

Slovo said “Assassin” will be cast out of the U.K. and Spain.

Set in the final months of Spain’s 1936-39 civil war, the English-language film turns on two hit squads out to kill a politician.

Speaking at the Sitges Film Festival, which wraps Sunday, Padro described “Assassin” as ” ‘The Lost Ark’ meets ‘Three Kings’ and ‘Catch-22.’ ” Pic will shoot in Spain next spring and summer.

“Assassin” underscores a move by Rodar y Rodar and Spanish cinema at large into higher-bracket films.

Rodar has just started principal photography on Guillem Morales’ $10 million psychological thriller “Julia’s Eyes,” which is produced by Padro, Targarona and Guillermo del Toro and financed by Rodar, Focus Features Intl., Spanish broadcasters Antena 3 and TV3 and Catalan state investment org Messfilms.

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