Fox Intl. Prods. has inked a two-picture pact with Mexican producer-scribe Eduardo Cisneros in a bid to further expand its commitment to Latin American and Mexican cinema.
“(Mexican filmmaking) presents the most exciting opportunity because of its crossover potential,” said FIP prexy Sanford Panitch.
Cisneros worked in close collaboration with helmer-thesp Eugenio Derbez to co-develop, produce and pen Spanish-language box office hit “Instructions Not Included,” a Pantelion Films/Lionsgate release that grossed a record-busting $44.5 million in the U.S.
Cisneros, who has been part of Derbez’s production team for more than a decade, has recently set up base in Los Angeles although he’ll be shuttling between Mexico and the U.S., as will Derbez.
While this is the first time that FIP has inked a deal with a Mexican scribe, it recently struck a five-pic deal with Mexican helmer Gaz Alazraki, whose directorial debut “Nosotros los Nobles” was a major box office hit in Mexico ($27 million), as well as “Miss Bala” helmer Gerardo Naranjo. Both Alazraki and Naranjo have also put down roots in the U.S. as have Mexican producers Pablo Cruz of Canana Films and Alex Garcia of AG Studios.
“It seems to be a new trend,” said Panitch of the growing influx of Mexican talent with the ability to straddle both Mexican and U.S. Hispanic cultures.
“We’re still in early conversations but we have a few ideas,” said Cisneros of his Fox deal. He doesn’t rule out the involvement of Derbez in some capacity, whether as a producer or thesp. “The ideal scenario would be to have Derbez involved.”
“We’d be thrilled to work with Derbez,” Panitch said. “He’s a triple threat: director, writer and star.”
Cisneros will be writing in either Spanish or English, depending on the project. He is continuing to develop projects with Derbez as well as collaborating with others on his project slate, including a Latino-themed feature with “Everybody Hates Chris” scribe Ali LeRoi.
Cisneros is repped by Carlos Bobadilla of Animo Entertainment and WME, which brokered the deal.
FIP’s other Latin American productions include Colombian thriller “The Hidden Face,” Chilean hit comedy “Stefan vs. Kramer” and the upcoming Argentine dramedy “Amapola,” and Mexican drama “Guten tag, Ramos,” which Fox plans to distribute in Mexico, the U.S. and Germany.