Warner Bros. nabs ‘Primos’

Mod boards as co-producer

Warner Bros. has taken Spanish rights to Daniel Sanchez Arevalo’s comedy “Primos.”

Pic is one of a near-dozen upcoming local films that have been picked up by the studio for Spanish theatrical and DVD distribution.

WB will also bow Rodrigo Cortes’ thriller “Buried,” to be released in the U.S. via Lionsgate on Sept. 24, and Spanish Civil War women’s drama “La voz dormida,” by Andalusian Benito Zambrano (“Alone”).

” ‘Primos’ crew and director have a proven track record and the cast is excellent so we are very excited about the commercial prospects of this broad comedy, which we’ll release early next year,” said Pablo Nogueroles, managing director of Warner Bros. Pictures Intl. Spain.

Other important acquisitions are Warner’s first Spanish 3D pics — sequels of Santiago Segura’s spoof “Torrente” and comicbook adaptation “Mortadelo & Filemon.”

Fernando Bovaira and Simon de Santiago’s Mod Prods., which produced Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Cannes competition player “Biutiful,” recently inked with Jose Antonio Felez’s Atipica Films to co-produce “Primos.”

Budgeted at Euros3 million ($3.7 million), “Primos” will be 50-50 co-produced by Mod and Atipica. It has been pre-bought by Spanish pubcaster TVE and Canal Plus Spain.

“The story turns on three goofy cousins coming back to the village where as adolescents they spent their summer vacation. They are fleeing from their lives and themselves,” said Sanchez Arevalo.

Cast includes Antonio de la Torre, Quim Gutierrez, Raul Arevalo, Clara Lago, Adrian Lastra and Alicia Rubio.

A current Warner Bros. Spain release, Nacho Garcia Velilla’s laffer “Que se mueran los feos” (Death to Ugly People), is showing strong legs at a so-so pre-summer Spanish box office, sliding only 24% in its sixth frame for a $7.8 million cume.

Emiliano de Pablos in Madrid contributed to this article.

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