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Almodovar, Banderas team on ‘Piel’

Film is their first collaboration in 21 years

MADRID – Twenty-one years after “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” Pedro Almodovar will re-team with Antonio Banderas on the Spanish director’s new film, “La piel que habito.”

“Piel” very loosely adapts the 1995 novel “Mygale” by Thierry Jonquet.

Almodovar describes “Piel” as “a horror story without screams or shocks.” It turns on a plastic surgeon who exacts terrible revenge on the man who raped his daughter.

Almodovar first announced “Piel” in 2002, hoping it would star Banderas and Penelope Cruz.

Having undergone nine re-writes since Almodovar first attempted a big-screen makeover after 1999’s “All About My Mother,” “Piel’s” current version no longer has an appropriate role for Cruz, Almodovar told Spanish newspaper El Pais Wednesday.

Almodovar will, however, have “many other roles” for Cruz in the future, he added.

Spanish-language, as are all Almodovar’s films, “Piel” will shoot for 10 weeks in Spain, with 60% studio work and two major rural locations.

Details of financing have yet to be announced. “Piel” is set up at El Deseo, Pedro and brother Agustin Almodovar’s Madrid-based production house. Agustin Almodovar will produce.

As Banderas is ever quick to recognize, Almodovar launched his international career, casting him in roles from “Labyrinth of Passions” (1982) through “Matador (1986), “The Law of Desire” (1987), “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988) and, most famously, in “Tie Me Up!” (1989), as a former psychiatric hospital patient who kidnaps a movie actress.

Banderas’ role in “Piel” “will be different from anything he’s done before,” Almodovar added.

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