CANNES — Bruno Barreto (“Bossa Nova,” “A View From the Top”) is attached to direct one of the biggest Latin American pics of next year: the $3 million-$5 million “O Velho Marinheiro” (“Home Is the Sailor”), based on a novel by Brazilian writer Jorge Amado.
Barreto adapted Amado in the 1976 pic “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands,” which proved to be one of his most successful films.
The Portuguese-lingo film is structured as a three-way co-production among Brazil’s Total Entertainment Brazil, Spain’s Esicma and Mexico’s Titan Producciones.
Clifford Weber, former Warner Bros. senior VP of worldwide acquisitions and co-productions, has recently boarded the project as an associate producer. Weber spearheaded WB’s local production push abroad, including in Brazil.
The producers are in talks with Warner Bros. for the U.S. studio to handle worldwide distribution.
Frank Pierson penned the original screenplay; Barreto and Pierson will work on a rewrite.
The co-producers are currently casting the lead role of a retired sea captain, Vasco Moscoso de Aragao.
A comic drama set in Brazil, pic will roll in March, lensing in Parati, Brazil.
“Barreto adapted Amado’s ‘Dona Flor’ when he was very young. Twenty years later, this is Bruno’s re-encounter with Amado in his creative maturity,” Esicma’s Pau Calpe said.
“The film is about a larger-than-life man who changes the life of a small village in Brazil through his imagination, his dreams and his past,” added Total’s Iafa Britz.