Sequel marks attempt to create Latin American toon hub

ANNECY, France

Eduardo Sacheri, co-scribe on Juan Jose Campanella’s “The Secret in Their Eyes,” is writing a treatment for “Foosball 2,” a sequel to Campanella’s Latin American animated feature “Foosball 3D.”

Now in advanced production, “Foosball 3D” was presented Wednesday at the Annecy Animation Film Festival’s Work in Progress strand.

Campanella, who co-wrote “Secret,” adapting Sacheri’s novel, said he will produce but had not decided whether to helm “Foosball 2.”

Sequel will again feature the table-football figures that comes to life to help a boy save his village in “Foosball 3D,” Campanella said. But some time will have passed between the original and sequel.

“Foosball 2″ is set up at the original’s Argentine production houses: Campanella’s 100 Bares, Jorge Estrada Mora’s Plural-Jempsa and Catmandu.

It’s also produced by Spain’s Plural and Antena 3 Films, in association with Canal Plus and La Sexta and, from Argentina, Telefe. Sergio Pablos (“Despicable Me”) supervises animation.

The “Foosball” saga is part of a drive to turn Buenos Aires into a Latin American animation production hub, Campanella said. The producers have created a 10,750 square-foot studio in Buenos Aires and inked sponsorship deals with Hewlett Packard, Intel and 3D software design company Autodesk.

Toon pics will have budgets in the low $20 millions, avoiding a dependence on U.S. distribution, Catmandu’s Diego Rosner said.

Costing $17 million, “Foosball 3D” is one of biggest-budgeted Latin American films skedded for 2013 release.

Film Factory pre-sold the toon to Russia’s Carmen Films and China’s Shanghai Vision Film. Universal Pictures Intl. acquired rights in Latin America and Spain late last week. Mediavision has picked up Turkey, and Gulf Film took the Middle East.

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