Company buys U.S. rights to 'Casa de mi Padre'
Lionsgate’s Hispanic label Pantelion Films has acquired U.S. rights to the Will Ferrell-starrer “Casa de mi Padre.”The Spanish-language pic, which also stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, is directed by Matt Piedmont and was produced by Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, as well as Nala Films, who fully financed the pic. Deal was announced by Paul Presburger, CEO of Pantelion Films. Pic, which is shot in Spanish, tells the story of a ranch owner’s son (Ferrell) who must settle his father’s debts, only to find himself in a war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Bernal). Christina Aguilera sings the “Casa de mi Padre” title track for the film. Genesis Rodriguez and Efren Ramirez co-star. Piedmont, who is making his feature directorial debut, recently helmed several web vids for Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Funny or Die site. “Will, Andrew and I are excited to have Pantelion distribute the movie — especially since our collective knowledge of the Spanish language amounts to what we learned during a half-hour Learning Annex class taken the night before production of the film began,” said Piedmont. Ferrell will next star in Jay Roach’s “Dog Fight” opposite Zach Galifianakis and can be seen in “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.” He is repped by CAA and Mosaic.