Filmax inks horror helmers

Spanish TV pioneer set slate, to direct one pic

Barcelona-based producer-distributor Filmax has signed up some of Spain’s leading young film directors, such as Alex de la Iglesia (“800 Bullets,” “Perdita Durango”), Mateo Gil (“Nadie conoce a nadie”), Jaume Balaguero (“Darkness,” “Fragile”) and Paco Plaza (“Second Name”) — to helm the first projects on a slate of 12 English-lingo TV movies.

Entitled “Peliculas para no dormir” (literally, “Movies Which Won’t Let You Sleep”) the slate will be coordinated by Spanish TV pioneer, Chicho Ibanez-Serrador, who is celebrated in Spain for his horror pics and long-running variety show, “Un, dos, tres.”

Serrador will also direct one of the TV movies.

The first six movies are at a screenplay stage.

The slate is an early international initiative at Filmax’s TV production label, Filmax TV, which was launched late 2002.

Per Filmax TV director Santiago Gimeno, the label also aims to produce every year four contempo MOWs based on real-life events.

The first-year slate, which will be made for Spain’s regional broadcasters, is comprised of romantic comedy “Cala real,” terrorist thriller “Cota roja,” DNA-manipulation suspenser “Cassandra,” and drug crime thriller “El precio de la justicia.”

All four movies will be produced through Zenith Media, a joint venture between Filmax and top Spanish TV format co Gestmusic Endemol.

Filmax also has children’s comedy series “Manolito Gafotas” in pre-prod at Spanish broadcaster Antena 3.

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