Zeta, WB Spain and Ilion partner on comicbook adaptation
Zeta Cinema’s latest attempt to exploit the film potential of print properties at its parent company, the publishing conglom Zeta Group. Madrid-based studio Ilion, the producer of CGI-animated comedy “Planet 51,” a 2009 Sony release Stateside, has boarded the project as a tech partner. Fesser directed live-action adaptation “Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure,” which topped Spain B.O. in 2003 with $29.8 million. Comicbook’s most recent film version, Miguel Bardem’s 2008 “Mortadelo & Filemon: Mission Save the Planet,” nabbed a standout $10 million B.O. in Spain. Now in pre-production, and budgeted at around $19.5 million, including P&A, the new pic is produced by Luis Manso at Peliculas Pendelton. Fesser co-wrote the script with Cristobal Ruiz and Claro Garcia. Pubcasters TVE and TV3 plus paybox Canal Plus acquired the film.