Drama remake of Argentine classic

Helmer-scribe Fernando Spiner, whose Gaucho Western “Aballay” walked away with the lion’s share of kudos at Monday’s Argentine Academy awards ceremony, is adapting another Argentine classic — helmer-thesp Hugo del Carril’s 1956 hit “Mas alla del olvido.”

Story concerns an Argentine ranch owner in Paris smitten by a cabaret dancer who looks like his deceased wife. Taking her back to Argentina, he tries to change her into the spitting image of his former spouse. But tragedy strikes once more.

Spiner described Del Carril, who died in 1989, as the “Orson Welles of Argentine cinema, a director, actor, producer, screenwriter and musician.” “Olvido” adapts 1892 novel “Bruges-la-morte,” by Belgium’s Georges Rodenbach. Spiner said it inspired 1954 French crime novel “The Living and the Dead,” sourced by Alfred Hitchcock for “Vertigo.”

“Olvido” is set up at Spiner’s Buenos Aires label, Boya Films. He has yet to confirm casting but aims to go into production late 2012, shooting in Argentina.

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