Genre specialist Xavier Gens (“Hitman,” “Frontiere(s)”) is attached to direct psychological thriller “Cold Skin” for Madrid and Paris-based Kanzaman.
Set on an Antarctic island, “Skin” adapts Catalan writer Albert Sanchez Pinol’s eponymous bestseller.
The English-language “Skin” will be produced by Kanzaman partners Denise O’Dell and Mark Albela, co-owners of international sales company 6 Sales.
Spain’s Jesus Olmo (“Linked,” “28 Weeks Later”) penned the script.
Now in pre-production, “Skin” is budgeted at around € million ($23 million), O’Dell told Variety.
It’s one of a clutch of pre-buys unveiled by TVE, the TV division of Spanish pubcaster RTVE, at a joint press conference with Spanish producer umbrella org Fapae held Thursday at the San Sebastian Festival.
Other pre-buys include “Don’t Cry, Fly,” the third feature from Peruvian director Claudia Llosa, winner of a 2009 Berlin Golden Bear for “The Milk of Sorrow.” “Fly” is produced by Jose Maria Morales’ Madrid-based distrib-production company Wanda Films.
According to TVE head of cinema Eva Cebrian, TVE is ploughing $55.2 million into feature, documentary and animation in 2011, 9% down on 2010.
A driving force behind Spanish film production, TVE has pre-bought 41 features this year from nearly 300 projects it received, Cebrian added.
Spanish films’ market share stood at 14% through Sept. 21, up on 2010’s 9%. Local movies’ total 2011 market share could reach 18%-20%, Perez said.