Margaret Nicoll’s production and financing company New Zeal (NZ) will be handling international co-production and sales on “In the City” (En la ciudad), Cesc Gay’s follow-up to the well-received “Krampack.”
The pickup comes as the former Sogepaq general manager has committed to handle all international financing on projects from son Stefan Nicoll’s Guerrilla Films.
“In the City” will again be produced by Marta Esteban’s Messidor Films. It will topline Eduard Fernandez and Emma Suarez in a contempo drama on two couples and their emotionally challenged friends.
Selling in some 20 territories, “Krampack,” an understated gay right-of-passage comedy, was regarded as one of the standout Spanish directorial debuts of 2000.
NZ Films will also be handling international business on a project from Juan Manuel Chumilla (“Zapping”), the $3 million “Grapes and Wrath,” an ensemble comedy set in New York on New Year’s Eve.
She will also be parlaying with potential co-producers on the $9 million sci-fi project “Avatar,” an English-lingo co-production between Esteban’s Imposible Films and DeaPlaneta, the new joint venture between Italy’s De Agostini and Spain’s Planeta Group. Elio Quiroga (“Fotos”) is attached to direct.
Guerrilla now has four scripts and directors — Leandro Lobasso, Alvaro Brechner, Stefan Nicoll and Manuel Nielsen — for “The Country House Project.” It involves five digital vid features shot at the same house by directors of different nationalities.
“Total budget for the five features will run to $2.6 million, just above the price of a normal feature film in Spain,” Stefan Nicoll says.
Nicoll is writing, and plans to direct, the Spanish-lingo “Spanish Gangster,” which Nicoll describes as “a kind of ‘Goodfellas’ set in ’70s and ’80s Barcelona, based on true events.”
Quiroga is scripting a quirky English-lingo sci-fi action movie, called “Run,” to shoot in the U.S. or Australia.
NZ is also selling the Guerrilla-produced docu “One Dollar,” a tough take on gang life in Panama City, which won the special jury prize at last December’s Havana Intl. Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema.
“Dollar” bows theatrically in Spain in July.