Ocean-set teen thriller sails to Mexico

MADRID — Mexican TV giant Televisa has pre-bought Mexican rights to Spanish TV movie “La Piel azul” (The Blue Skin), helmed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, one of the leading lights in Spain’s new genre wave.

An ocean-set teen thriller, “Piel” is produced by Antena 3 Films, the production arm of DeAPlaneta’s broadcaster Antena 3 TV, and Madrid-based company BocaBoca Producciones.

Lopez-Gallego’s horror pic “The King of the Hill” was acquired by The Weinstein Co. for the U.S. in 2007.

Shooting Sept. 7 on Super 16mm at Alicante’s Ciudad de la Luz studios, “Piel” turns on seven teenagers who go for a boat-ride down an idyllic coast, until a strange event occurs. It toplines Spanish actor Miguel Angel Munoz (“The Borgias”).

With “Piel,” A3TV aims to repeat the success of Daniel Calparsoro’s “The Punishment,” a TV movie set at a teen detention center, which in December snatched a huge primetime 27.2% share and 5.1 million viewers.

“‘Piel’ transfers to the sea ‘Punishment’ ingredients such as tension, action, suspense and teen thesps. We think Lopez-Gallego could give the movie spectacular rhythm,” said A3F CEO Mercedes Gamero.

One of the biggest surprises of the 2008/09 TV season in Spain, local TV movies often turn on biopics or recreate recent historical events in Spain. With “Piel,” A3F aims to produce a more universal product, tackling issues that could travel better, Gamero added.

“Piel” marks several firsts. The Televisa pre-buy represents a pioneering pre-buy for Spanish TV fictions, which are usually sold internationally as finished products or as formats.

“Piel” also looks set to be the first movie to use the long-awaited water tank at Ciudad de la Luz mega-studios.

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