Pic marks Bambu's first feature film project

Spain’s Bambu Prods. has optioned film rights to U.S. novelist Sam Savage’s bestseller “Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife.”

Oozing black humor and sadness, Savage’s debut novel follows a lonely rat in a Boston bookstore in the 1960s who learns to read by devouring books and looks for friendship from the nebbish bookstore owner and a solitary sci-fi writer.

“Firmin’s” international film and TV rights are licensed by Seix Barral, part of Spanish publishing giant Planeta.

The English-language film, budgeted around €8 million ($11 million), is scheduled to shoot next year, mixing live-action and animation. Director and cast have yet to be set.

Spain’s ICAA film institute will provide a $137,000 subsidy for script development. Bambu is in talks with Spanish broadcasters and film distribs for the project.

“Firmin” is the feature debut of Madrid-based TV fiction house Bambu, which bowed in 2008.Led by co-founders Ramon Campos and Teresa Fernandez Valdes, Bambu’s TV hits include melodrama “Gran reserva” for pubcaster RTVE web La 1, and Antena 3 adventure series “Hispania,” which is this season’s top performing rookie skein in Spain.

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