Thriller set up at Haddock, Tornasol

Miguel Cohan, director of “No Return,” is working on “Betibu,” an adaptation of Argentine Claudia Pineiro’s latest novel.

“Betibu” is set up at Argentina’s Haddock Films, co-producer of “The Secret in Their Eyes” and Viggo Mortensen starrer “Everybody Has a Plan.”

Cohan is writing the script with sister Ana, co-scribe of “No Return,” and Pineiro. Story centers on an aging, jaundiced crime journalist, a famous femme writer and a young journo who investigate a suspected murder in a gated community outside Buenos Aires. “The story is a crime suspenser set in the backrooms of journalism,” Haddock topper Vanessa Ragone told Variety at Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro Film Festival market.

Project is co-produced by Gerardo Herrero and Mariela Besuievsky’s Madrid-based Tornasol Films, which co-owns Haddock. It’s skedded to shoot in the second half of 2012 in Buenos Aires and, most probably, Spain’s Ciudad de la Luz studios. Argentine broadcaster Telefe will associate produce. Budget is “big by Argentine standards, mid-budget by Spanish standards,” Ragone said.

Haddock optioned Pineiro’s second novel, which became Marcelo Pineyro’s 2009 Argentine B.O. hit “Thursday’s Widows.”

“No Return,” Cohan’s debut, shared the Golden Spike at Spain’s Valladolid fest, establishing him as a director to track.

The 13-day Rio fest wraps Tuesday.

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