Pantelion is a film venture between Lionsgate and Televisa. Its “Instructions Not Included” was a solid success with $44 million in domestic grosses last year — eclipsing “Pan’s Labyrinth” as the top Spanish-language grosser in the U.S.
The project, formerly called “La Vida Robot,” is directed by Sean McNamara. Lopez is producing through his Travieso Productions with David Alpert through Circle of Confusion along with Rick Jacobs, Leslie Kolins Smith and Ben Odell.
The film is based on a true story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers from Phoenix who team up to build an underwater robot that wins the national robotics competition. Marisa Tomei portrays a teacher whose belief in the rag tag team helps lead them to success and Lopez plays the teacher supervising the students.
Hispanics comprise the fastest-growing demographic at the U.S. box office, contributing 19% of U.S. box office revenue while representing 17.5% of the population.