Production slate features Rodriguez, Calparsoro, Pineyro
MADRID — Zeta Cinema, one of Spain’s best-capitalized producers, has inked with key Spanish players on a strong 2012-13 production slate.Zeta Cinema, which is the film production arm of publishing conglom Zeta Group, is teaming with Jose Antonio Felez’s Atipica Films to co-produce Alberto Rodriguez’s “El Espia de las mil caras,” a thriller about shadowy Spanish secret agent and playboy Antonio Paesa. Helmer Enrique Urbizu was previously attached to “Espia.” Written by Rodriguez and Rafael Cobos, “Espia” rolls spring 2013. Warner Bros. has acquired theatrical and home entertainment rights; Spanish pubcaster TVE took free-to-air via a pre-buy, said Zeta Cinema producer Francisco Ramos. HBO has just picked up Rodriguez’s Tribeca Competition player “Unit 7″ for the U.S. Zeta and Antena 3 Films are producing actioner “Combustion,” directed by Daniel Calparsoro (“Invasor”). In pre-production, “Combustion” rolls October in Madrid. TV writers Carlos Montero and Jaime Vacas penned the script. Producers are closing key cast. “Combustion” tells the story of three twenty-somethings living their lives to the limit, competing in illegal car races. In Ramos’ words, the adrenaline-pumping pic channels films like “Point Break” and “The Fast and the Furious.” Broadcasters Antena 3 and La Sexta share free-to-air TV; Canal Plus nabbed pay TV. Directed by Argentina’s Marcelo Pineyro, whose “The Method” and “Kamchatka” Ramos produced, Spanish family drama “Ismael” shoots January, backed by Catalan pubcaster TV3 and Canal Plus. It turns on a 10-year-old boy searching for his unknown father. Pineyro, regular co-scribe Marcelo Figueras and Veronica Fernandez co-write. Spain’s box office has softened in 2012, but Zeta has high international expectations. “Pineyro’s movies always sell well abroad; as genre films, both ‘Combustion’ and ‘Espia’ will travel worldwide,” Ramos said.