Jaume Collet-Serra’s L.A-based Ombra Films is teaming with Spain’s Vaca Films and France’s La Ferme to produce apocalyptic horror movie “Welcome to Harmony.”
Budgeted at $7 million, “Harmony” will shoot in English and is the sophomore directorial outing of Spaniard Miguel Angel Vivas, whose debut “Kidnapped” won best horror film at Austin’s 2010 Fantastic Fest. Cast is yet to be set. Principal photography begins early 2012.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, “Harmony” turns on two men and a small girl living in a remote hamlet, untouched by a worldwide infection that turns survivors into beasts.
Written by Vivas and Alberto Marini, “Harmony” is based on Juan de Dios Garduno’s best-seller, “Y pese a todo.”
Targeting wide audiences, ” ‘Harmony’ is a genre movie with deep characters and a strong plot,” noted Pena. “Spain is internationally respected as a genre producer. However, local audiences and potential financial partners show some reluctance toward certain products.”
Founded by Collet-Serra and Juan Sola last year, Ombra’s aim is to produce low-budget, English-language horror, thriller and fantasy films with Spanish talent.
Ombra’s first project is psychological thriller “Mindscape,” helmed by Jorge Dorado and co-produced by Peter Safran and StudioCanal.
Ombra has a first look co-production, distribution (for France, U.K. and Germany) and an international sales deal with StudioCanal. Vaca produced Daniel Monzon’s Spanish sleeper “Cell 211.” La Ferme co-heads Franck Ribiere and Verane Frediani co-produce frequently with Spain, taking equity in “Cell 211” and Alex de la Iglesia’s Venice fest winner “Last Circus.”
“Kidnapped” was sold to IFC Films for U.S. domestic distribution. It sold well worldwide.