LaStaiti joins ‘The Squad’

Producer takes U.S. remake rights to Colombian drama

Los Angeles-based producer Scott LaStaiti, who executive produced Mike Newell’s “Love in the time of Cholera,” has snagged U.S. remake rights to war-horror hybrid “El Paramo” (The Squad) from Colombia’s Rhayuela Cine.

Wild Bunch nabbed international sales rights to Jaime Osorio’s $1.4 million debut feature while it was in its first week of principal photography and presold it to key territories including Japan, the U.K., and Germany after presenting a teaser trailer at Cannes last year.

They are fielding offers from the U.S. and Mexico for the completed pic, which is still in post.

LaStaiti, who had been in talks with Rhayuela since July, outbid other producers for the remake rights.

Original was shot on a military base in a remote mountain region of Colombia where the drama centers on a squadron investigating events there. An oppressive isolation and the presence of a mysterious woman make them gradually lose their grip on reality.

Pic produced by Federico Duran and Steven Grisales stars Pablo Barragan, Alejandro Aguilar and Juan David Restrepo.

Rhayuela Cine produced “Garcia” by Rhayuela founder Jose Luis Rugeles and is prepping his next pic, “Maria.” Set against the backdrop of the conflict between the Farc guerillas, paramilitary forces and the Colombian army, “Maria” tracks a pregnant guerilla who must escape to keep her baby.

Another project in the pipeline is dance musical “Buenaventura mon amour.”

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