Major backs hot local pics to maintain lead role
MADRID — Warner Bros. has acquired Spanish rights to two local titles: Rodrigo Cortes thriller “Buried,” which stars Ryan Reynolds, and “Di Di Hollywood,” a showbiz-set drama by helmer Bigas Luna.
Cortes’ second feature, “Buried” sparked an enthusiastic reponse from viewers and film critics after its world premiere at Sundance in January, where Lionsgate picked up U.S. rights.
Produced by Barcelona-based Versus in association with Stateside shingles Safran and Dark Trick Films, “Buried” turns on a U.S. truck driver kidnapped in Iraq and buried alive inside a coffin for ransom.
Warners, which has taken all “Buried” Spanish rights, including TV, plans a theatrical release for Oct. 1.
Luna’s “Di Di Hollywood” stars Spanish sex-symbol Elsa Pataki and Peter Coyote. Film follows an actress who travels to Hollywood pursuing her dream of success.
“Di Di” is the second part of a trilogy focused on young women trying to escape their humble pasts. The saga started in 2006 with “My Name Is Juani,” toplining Spanish actress Veronica Echegui.
Spain’s Malvarrosa Media, Canica Films and El Virgili Films produce “Di Di”; Spanish pubcasters TVE and TV3 and Gallic paybox Canal Plus have nabbed TV rights.
WB will bow “Di Di” in Spain next fall.