Casas starrer 'I Want You' racks up first five-day $5.25 mil
Francisco Ramos, producer at Zeta Cinema. Ramos, who produced Pineyro’s “The Method” and “Kamchatka,” explained “Ismael” reps “an obsession shared with Pineyro of making a feel-good film.” Casas starred in the Ramos-produced hits “Sex, Party & Lies,” which scored $5.4 million, 2010′s “Three Meters Above the Sky” ($12.4 million), and sequel “I Want You,” both based on Italian Federico Moccia novels. A rising international star, Casas commands strong followings in Latin America and Russia, where Carmen Films will release “I Want You,” which is sold by Imagina Intl. Sales, on an ambitious 200 print-run on July 5. For Abril, a Pedro Almodovar muse in the 1990s, “Ismael” marks a Spanish film comeback after a four-year hiatus. “Ismael” will be finished by fall 2013. John Hopewell contributed to this article.