Helmer leads first Roberto Bolano film adaptation

ROME — Rutger Hauer is in advanced talks to join Alicia Scherson’s ”The Future,” the first film adaptation of cult Latin American novelist Roberto Bolano’s work.

Hauer is circling the role of Maciste, a onetime herculean star at Rome’s Cinecitta studios who befriends two orphans left to their own devices in the Italian capital.

Italo A-lister Nicolas Vaporidis (”Night Before Exams”) and young Italo thesp Luigi Ciardo (”Martino’s Summer”) are attached as protags alongside previously announced Chilean actress Manuela Martelli (”Machuca”).

Cameras started rolling today (July 14) in Cologne, Germany, on the coming-of-age drama. The production will be moving to Rome soon, and subsequently to Santiago de Chile.

Scherson is a buzzed-about young Chilean helmer whose previous pics are ”Play,” which took the best new director nod in Tribeca, and ”Tourists” which made a splash at Rotterdam.

”The Future,” which is based on the Bolano novella ”Una Novelita Lumpen” is centered on two Chilean children whose parents die in a car crash in Italy. They quickly descend into a spiral of prostitution and petty crime in Rome.

Pic is a four-way co-production between Chile’s Bruno Bettati, Germany’s Pandora, Italy’s Movimento Film, and Spain’s Astronauta Films.

The late Chilean-born Bolano in recent years has gained a readership comparable in scale to Gabriel Garcia Marquez with bestseller ”The Savage Detectives”. He is the winner of a slew of international literary prizes, including a National Book Circle nod for his novel ”2666.”

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