Spanish comedy hit sequel shoots spring

By EMILIANO DE PABLOS MADRID
Continuing a trend in which U.S. studios have been nabbing comedies in Spain, Universal Pictures has taken Spanish theatrical distribution rights to “Fuga de cerebros 2″ (Brain Drain 2) for release on Dec. 2.
“BD2″ is the follow-up to 2009′s Oxford U.-set romantic comedy, which grossed a strong €6.9 million ($9.5 million) in Spain, handled by Hispano Fox Film.
Sequel reteams Antena 3 Films, Globomedia and Cangrejo Films and scribes Curro Velazquez and Alex Pina. Velazquez and Pina will also exec produce “BD2″ alongside Fernando Gonzalez, who directed the first pic.
“Brain Drain” stars Mario Casas and Amaia Salamanca have yet to confirm whether they will reprise their roles, although other members of the cast are appearing.
Scheduled for a spring shoot, “BD2″ is the sophomore helming effort of Spanish director Carlos Theron.
“BD2″ is the latest in a growing swath of youth-oriented Spanish films, often comedies, which have played successfully in theaters during the last two years, mainly handled by U.S. studios’ local distribution arms.
Other titles include Sony-distributed “Sex, Party and Lies” and Warner Bros.’ “Three Meters Above the Sky,” Spain’s biggest local hit in 2010.
Last year, Universal Pictures bowed four Spanish pics in local theaters, notching up a standout perf from Guillem Morales’ thriller “Julia’s Eyes,” which nabbed $9.5 million.

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