Adventure film closes U.K., Germany, Italy
MADRID — Madrid-based 6 Sales has licensed Antonio Hernandez’s adventure romp “Captain Thunder” to Germany (Tiberius Film), U.K. (Metrodome Distribution) and Italy (Eagle Pics).Beyond these top distributor deals in key territories, the live-action “Thunder” has closed Turkey (Saran Media), Romania (Prorom Media), former Yugoslavia (Tuck Vision), Greece (Audiovisual Enterprises), Thailand (J-Bics Film Co.) and China (HGC Ent.). Buena Vista Intl. will release “Thunder” in Spain Oct. 7. Helmed by Spain’s versatile Antonio Hernandez (“Hidden,” “The Borgias”), “Thunder” stars Sergio Peris Mencheta (“Love Ranch,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) as the eponymous, strapping 12th-century knight errant entrusted to protect the Holy Grail against the forces of evil as it is smuggled out of the Holy Land to Southern Europe. Natasha Yarovenko (“Room in Rome”) plays a Scandinavian princess whom Captain Thunder must also guard. She proves to be no shrinking violet. Antonio Mansilla’s Sorolla Films and Pau Vergara’s Maltes Producciones, both based out of Valencia, are producing. Vergara wrote the adapted screenplay. Vergara’s passion project, “Thunder” is a pioneering comic-to-screen makeover for Spain, here of writer Victor Mora and illustrator Miguel Ambrosio’s much-loved books. “Thunder” shot at Spain’s giant Ciudad de la Luz studios. Sales have largely been struck off an AFM promo reel, said 6 Sales’ founder and partner Marina Fuentes. “Adventure films like ‘Captain Thunder’ give the chance to distributors to tap into multiple revenue streams after being released theatrically, because they work very well on DVD and TV,” Fuentes said. “Thunder” will screen as a completed film at November’s AFM, she added.