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$10 mil ‘Remake’ in Spain

MADRID — The hot Spanish combine of producer Cesar Benitez and director Manuel Gomez Pereira are prepping what could well be the biggest-budgeted Spanish film ever.

Titled “Remake,” the pic will shoot in English and topline U.S. and European stars, which would put the budget north of $10 million, said producer Benitez.

A comedy, “Remake” features a Spanish director signed up by a Hollywood studio to direct the remake of his own local hit. To do so he gives up the rights to the film and also his soul.

Pereira’s first English-lingo pic after five Spanish hits in a row, “Remake” plays off the success of his last film, produced by Benitez, “Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health,” which has taken $4.1 million in Spain after 45 days and is still strong at the B.O.

Producer Benitez leads an early-year local charge at the Spanish box office. According to Spain’s Minister for Culture and Education, four Spanish films figured among the top 10 grossing films in Spain in January and the first half of February. Two were produced by Benitez: “Love” and “Excuse Me Darling, But Lucas Loved Me,” which has made over $900,000 in 24 days. “Love” has notched up major territory sales at the AFM.

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