Esteban Larrain’s ‘Carlos’-style movie/mini series presented at Cannes
Chile’s Invercine has inked with Miami-based Fly Content to co-produce “Mary & Mike,” a ‘70s-set, “Carlos”-style feature film/mini TV series about two Chilean-government backed terrorist lovers.
Chilean director Esteban Larrain (“The Passion of Michelangelo,” “Alicia in the Land”) will helm the feature and showrun the three-part mini, teaming to with Argentina’s Adrian Caetano whose “Buenos Aires 1977” played in Cannes ‘ 2006 competition.
The movie/mini is part-inspired by Olivier Assayas’ “Carlos,” a standout hit at Cannes.
“Mike & Mary” will shoot in Buenos Aires, Washington, Roma and Santiago. Patricia Rivadeneira, one of Chile’s best-known theatre and TV actresses, will play Mary.
Santiago Cabrera (“Heroes,” “Merlin”), Leonor Varela (“Blade II”) and Benjamin Vicuna (“Fuga”) co-star.
Fly will aid in the casting of Mike, a U.S-born
Principal photography is skedded for early 2015.
Base on true events, “Mary & Mike” turns on two married secret-agents who carried out the boldest – and most mortal – international car bomb attacks on leading exiled opponents of Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship.
These included a bomb attack in 1976 on Orlando Letelier, Salvador Allende’s former chancellor, just a few blocks away from the White House in Washington. The event was the first international terrorist attack in the U.S capital perpetrated by foreigners, Larrain said.
“Mary & Mike” chronicles how a middle-aged couple with three children, who in many ways led very normal lives, ended up as Pinochet’s top hit-men – her disillusionment with left-wing politics; Mike’s ken for adventure and electronic skills – then it narrates their deadly attacks, taking advantage of Mike’s U.S. passport, then their flight after the Letelier attack when U.S. authorities rounded on Pinochet’s secret services.
Fly Content will aid on Mike’s casting, secondary U.S. roles, and the Washington car bomb scenes. Caetano looks set to direct some action scenes and one seg of the series.
“As an action film/series, turning on international terrorism, their pace will be pulsating, fast, with high tension, and camerawork capturing the grainy quality of period,” Larrain said.
Chilevision, a Chilean commercial broadcaster, is co-financing “Mary & Mike.” Producers now seek a European or Latin American broadcast network to provide completion finance. Series is designed for premium cable TV, Larrain added.