Sighvatsson options English-lingo remake
Palomar chairman-CEO Joni Sighvatsson has optioned English-language remake rights to Argentinean comedy “Igualita a mi” (Just Like Me).In a separate deal, New York-based Primary Prods., headed by Amy Kaufman (“The Whistleblower”), has teamed with Kamala Films’ Marissa McMahon to option remake rights on Juan Taratuto’s Argentinean hit “Un novio para mi mujer” (A Boyfriend for My Wife). Both deals have been tied down by Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires sales agency FilmSharks Intl., which over the last three years has developed an international redo biz, complementing its sale of original movies. Argentineans Adrian Suar and Florencia Bertotti star in “Me,” a comedy about a single man whose party-hearty lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt when a pregnant girl turns up claiming to be his daughter. One of Argentine’s hottest local draws in 2010, “Me” was produced by Disney-backed Patagonik Film Group, based out of Buenos Aires. “Boyfriend” turns on a man who tries to help his wife fall in love with another man — so he can leave her. FilmSharks remake biz is now expanding beyond the U.S. Korea’s Chris Lee and Jin-soo Min, the founder of Soo Film, have purchased Korean remake rights to “Boyfriend.”
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