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FilmSharks in the swim with Santiago Segura

Guido Rud's company takes rights to 'Torrente 4'

MADRID — Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl. has formed a strategic alliance with Santiago Segura’s Amiguetes Entertainment in Madrid.

Deal sees Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks take worldwide rights outside Spain to the action comedy “Torrente 4.”

Amiguetes deal comes as FilmSharks has closed U.S. pay TV and subscription VOD rights with HBO to “A Boyfriend for My Wife.”

Written and directed by Segura, “Torrente 4” continues Spain’s biggest film franchise, with Segura reprising his role as scumbag cop Jose Luis Torrente.

Co-produced by Spanish broadcaster Antena 3, with shooting beginning in July in stereoscopic 3D, “Torrente 4” is skedded for release by Warner Bros. in Spain next spring.

The fourth part of the saga is tipped as the biggest Spanish bow of 2011; 1998’s “Torrente: The Dumb Arm of the Law” and 2001’s “Torrente 2: Mission in Marbella” grossed E10.9 million($15.5 million) and $31.5 million, respectively, in Spain.

Featuring cameos by Oliver Stone, Guillermo del Toro and John Landis, “Torrente 3: The Protector” made $25.8 million.

Initiating sales on “Torrente 4” at AFM, Rud has sold rights to the former Yugoslavia to Mirius Tuck.

The FilmSharks-Amiguetes deal also covers the first three “Torrente” movies.

Written by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, an English-language “Torrente” remake is set up at New Line.

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