Antonio Perez's Maestranza advances on 'Paw,' 'Puerta'
Germany’s Scopas Medien and France’s Gebeka Films have boarded “Genie in the House — The Movie,” the bigscreen spinoff of Nickelodeon’s family sitcom, at the San Sebastian Film Festival.Key cast from the series, produced by the U.K.’s I Love Television, are expected to return for the €7 million ($9.6 million) movie. A director is still to be attached. Scopas will co-produce “Genie” with Spain’s Maestranza Films, I Love Television and its Paris-based sibling Moi, J’aime La Television. Scopas has taken German-speaking territory rights. Gebeka will release “Genie” in Gaul. Pic is skedded to roll early summer 2012 in Andalusia. Antonio Perez’s Maestranza also produced Benito Zambrano’s “The Sleeping Voice,” which world preems in Competition at San Sebastian today. “Voice” is a melodrama about the fate of woman who supported the losing Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. Buzz is positive off previews in Madrid. The Match Factory handles world sales. “Voice” is one of the three pics on the Spanish Academy’s short-list of candidates for the foreign-language Oscar.It’s one of several pics on Maestranza’s slate, which produced Zambrano’s first two films and F. Javier Gutierrez’s debut, “Before the Fall,” which became a cult film in the U.S. “I always try to discover and produce new directors, and I’ll go on doing that,” Perez told Variety. Another pic set up at Maestranza is “The Monkey’s Paw,” an English-language remake of the 1933 classic, with Gutierrez set to direct. Budgeted at $7.5 million, shoot will largely take place in Spain, said Perez. “Paw,” which is more of a chiller than shock horror, has begun casting. Also, Xabi Puerta, whose debut “Welcome to Farewell-Gutmann” won best screenplay at Montreal in 2008, is now in post on “A puerta fria,” a 100% Maestranza production. A “Glengarry Glen Ross”-ish movie, Perez said, “Puerta” stars Maria Valverde and Jose Luis García Perez. Nick Nolte is a guest star.