Muyshondt preps Anglo-Hispanic slate
Los Angeles-based El Salvadorean producer-thesp Arturo Muyshondt has struck an international sales deal with Maya Entertainment for a slate of cross-cultural Anglo-Hispanic pics he is developing under his banner, WolfGang Cinema.Slate includes thriller “The Two Lives of Maxi Kaplan,” action war drama “Fireflies at El Mozote” and romantic drama “Full Moon.” Each pic is budgeted under $5 million with Marcelo Paladini (“Sympathy for Delicious”), Greg Sturge and Peter Micheli as executive producers. Dialogue will be mainly in English with some Spanish in the mix. “I’ve been living in the U.S. for a long time now and with each passing year I see the line between Hispanics and Americans blurring, as a large part of the Hispanic population, now around 50 million and growing fast, is fully integrated into the American mainstream,” said Muyshondt, who aims to apply a U.S. filmmaking sensibility to his lineup. “The Two Lives of Maxi Kaplan,” based on an eponymous short story by Argentine scribe Hernan Iglesias, tracks a writer’s search for a missing Argentine investment banker listed among the dead in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Brooklyn-based Deborah Goodwin will helm from the screenplay she has written. Muyshondt co-produces with Brooklyn-based John Scaccia. Principal photography is skedded for March in New York. “Fireflies at El Mozote” is inspired by true events and excerpts from the author Jose Ignacio Lopez Vigil’s “Rebel Radio” chronicling the December 1981 massacre of the El Mozote village in El Salvador. This coming-of-age tale follows the 10-year-old sole survivor in his quest to avenge the deaths of his family and the destruction of his village. Salvadorean Ernesto Melara will direct from his own screenplay. Muyshondt will produce with Mexico’s Epigmenio Ibarra of Argos Comunicacion. Pic is slated to shoot in Veracruz, Mexico, next summer. Based on a screenplay by Daniel Faraldo, “Full Moon” is set against the backdrop of the L.A. music scene where a Hispanic music producer is blacklisted after bringing back payola into the industry. Muyshondt will co-produce with L.A.-based film and music producer, Jonathan McHugh.
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