Atipica, Zanfona team on ‘Grupo 7’

Pic is Alberto Rodriguez's fourth solo feature

BARCELONA — Madrid-based Atipica Films and Seville’s La Zanfona Producciones will produce Spanish helmer Alberto Rodriguez ‘s “Grupo 7,” his fourth solo feature.

Rodriguez broke through with “7 Virgins.” His latest film, “After,” bowed last year.

Deal marks Atipica’s second announcenent in a month of a new movie with one of the leading lights of Spain’s newest generation of filmmakers.

Atipica is also producing the next film by Daniel Sanchez Arevalo (“Darkbluealmostblack”), comedy “Primos,” which rolls May 10.

“‘Grupo 7’ is character-driven, noirish, and heavy on street action. Rodriguez has a gift for this kind of film,” Atipica founder Jose Antonio Felez told Daily Variety. He puts the pic’s budget at $3 million.

Rodriguez is co-penning the script alongside Rafael Cobos, his writing partner on “7 Virgins” and “After.”

“‘Grupo 7’ revolves around an extra-official police force battling drugs and prostitution in downtown Seville before the 1992 Intl. Expo,” Rodrigez explained.

“The cops become power junkies,” he added. The story is based on alleged real-life events.

Cast is expected to feature big Spanish names.

Rodriguez’s coming-of-age pic “7 Virgins,” proved a sleeper, becoming the fifth-highest grossing Spanish earner of 2005, nabbing $8 million in Spain.

“Grupo 7” lenses from around September.

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