Family laffer one of Spain's big pix in 2013
MADRID — Three of Spain’s most international production players, Zeta Cinema, Mod Producciones and Antena 3 Films, will team to produce live-action movie “Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang,” a heavyweight Spanish production for 2013.Francisco Ramos, Fernando Bovaira and Mercedes Gamero produce, alongside Koldo Zazua of Kowalski Films. Vicente Canales’ Film Factory will sell “Zip & Zap” worldwide. It will introduce the film to buyers at Cannes’ Marche du Film. “Zip & Zap” reps the soph pic of Spanish helmer Oskar Santos, whose debut, “For the Good of Others,” world preemed in 2010 at the Berlin Film Festival. The pic, which was produced by Alejandro Amenabar, was sold to 30 countries. “Zip & Zap,” which was penned by Santos, Francisco Roncal and Jorge Lara, turns on the antics of mischievous twin brothers, dispatched to a strict summer school, where they wreak havoc. It will lense this summer. A big-screen makeover of one of Spain’s most celebrated comic-book series, first published in 1946, “Zip & Zap” forms part of the policy at Zeta, a top Spanish publishing group, of exploiting the film and TV potential of its properties. Canales described it as “a family adventure event movie with extensive vfx, channeling films like ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Harry Potter.’ ” The pic reps a relatively new play by Spanish producers for family auds, which has proved a success for counterparts elsewhere in Europe. In Germany, for example, the move into family entertainment has yielded rich results for Constantin, whose “Animals United” has grossed $80 million worldwide. France’s Studiocanal scored a similar success with “Sammy’s Adventures,” the first fruit of its partnership with Ben Stassen’s NWave, which made $75 million worldwide.