‘Orfeu’ helmer Diegues taps ‘God’ for next pic

Helmer to also receive inaugural HBO Latam Golden Reel award

Carlos Diegues, helmer-writer of Brazil’s official Oscar entry “Orfeu,” has chosen to direct and co-pen the comedy “God Was Born in Brazil” as his next project.

Starting lensing in Brazil this June, pic features a disillusioned God taking a vacation from the world’s problems. The story unfolds with God searching around Brazil for a suitable replacement for Himself.

The film will be produced by Renata de Almeida Magalhaes and Paula Lavigne — reprising their work from “Orfeu.” “God” will be co-written by Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro.

No studio is attached to the project, but Diegues has partnered before with Warner Bros.

Diegues will also be honored with the inaugural HBO Latin American Group Golden Reel award for outstanding achievement.

He will pick up his honor Feb. 27 at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts during the 17th annual Miami Film Festival.

“HBO Latin American Group is introducing the Golden Reel Award in an effort to actively recognize filmmakers’ efforts in the region,” said the division’s prexy Ele Juarez. “It is an honor to bestow the first award to such an accomplished director, writer and producer.”

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