MADRID — Warner Bros. Pictures Intl. Espana has acquired Spanish theatrical and video rights to helmer Daniel Sanchez Arevalo’s ensemble comedy “La gran familia Espanola.”
“Familia” rolls Aug. 20 in Madrid, produced by Atipica Films (“Unit 7”), Mod Prods. (“Biutiful,” “Agora”) and Antena 3 Films (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”).
Atipica founder Jose Antonio Felez serves as producer. Budget will be established after casting, he said.
Written by Sanchez Arevalo, a successful TV writer-turned-director, “Familia” centers on five brothers forced to hold the youngest sibling’s wedding on the day Spain plays in the World Cup soccer final in South Africa, the most important match of their lives.
Described by Felez as “an ensemble, character-driven comedy,” the pic focuses on one of Sanchez Arevalo’s favorite themes: “masculine contradictions, foibles and failings.”
Warner Bros. will release “Familia” in 2013. A sales agent’s deal on “Familia” is “advanced,” Felez said.
Sanchez Arevalo is a leading voice of a new generation of Spanish helmers that takes in Rodrigo Cortes (“Red Lights”) and Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (“Apollo 13”).
Sanchez Arevalo’s latest movie, “Cousins,” consolidated his standing as an auteur with an audience, grossing €3.5 million ($4.4 million), making it the eighth-biggest Spanish pic of 2011. International sales included an HBO U.S. pick-up.