Spanish broadcaster co-produces Euro TV drama

Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 has boarded European drama series “Titanic: The Untold Story of How It All Began” as a minority co-producer.

The 12-hour skein turns on the construction of the doomed luxury liner. Developed by Italy’s DeAngelis Group, the $28 million project is in pre-production. Shooting kicks off this summer in Ireland for delivery in 2012, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking.

Irish helmer Ciaran Donnelly (“The Tudors”) will direct. Cast has still to be confirmed.

Based on an idea by Fabrizio del Noce, the series has been penned by Matthew Faulk, Mark Skeet and Stefano Voltaggio.

Antena 3 nabs local broadcasting rights plus an undisclosed percentage of “Titanic’s” international sales, according to head of fiction Sonia Martinez.

Other financial backers include Wilshire Films in the U.S., Canada’s Fremantle Corp., Italo pubcaster RAI, the U.K.’s Future Films and France’s Play Prods.

Antena 3 has already acquired Spanish broadcasting rights to ITV Studios’ $16 million miniseries, “Titanic,” penned by Julian Fellowes and directed by Jon Jones, which started principal photography in May in Budapest.

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