Spanish producer boards Dario Argento project

MADRID — Powerful Spanish film-TV businessman Enrique Cerezo has taken a minority co-production stake in Italian horror maestro Dario Argento’s stereoscopic 3D adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”

An Italy-France-Spain co-production led by Roberto Di Girolamo and Gianni Paolucci at Rome-based shingle Multimedia Film Prods., “Dracula 3D” also teams French producer Sergio Gobbi’s Les Films de l’Astre.

The English-language pic, set to go into production from February in Hungary, is budgeted at Euro10 million ($13.2 million), Cerezo told Daily Variety.

His Madrid-based shingle, Enrique Cerezo Prods., will bring to the table three Spanish thesps — two actresses and one actor — plus part of the tech crew and co-financing.

Argento’s project was announced to the international market at May’s Cannes film festival by Italian international sales agent-producer Filmexport Group.

“We’ve worked with Cerezo for more than 25 years in both film production and distribution,” Filmexport Group prexy Di Girolamo said. “I hope this collaboration will remain highly active with the same energy and enthusiasm.”

Filmexport Group has co-produced some of Cerezo’s standout Spanish pics such as Vicente Aranda’s 2001 meller “Mad Love,” toplining Pilar Lopez de Ayala, and Emilio Martinez Lazaro’s 2006 Spanish Civil War drama “13 Roses.”

Owner of Spain’s largest movie rights catalog, via company Video Mercury Films, Enrique Cerezo is now entering more selectively into feature film projects.

Cerezo is producing the $4 million pic “La montana rusa,” which marks helmer Martinez Lazaro’s return to contempo relationship comedy filmmaking.

“Montana” starts lensing in Madrid Feb. 28, toplining Ernesto Alterio, Alberto San Juan and Veronica Sanchez.

Enrique Cerezo’s upcoming theatrical release, Jesus Bonilla’s “La Daga de Rasputin,” a co-production with broadcaster Telecinco, bows Jan. 14 in Spain, handled by Warner Bros.

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