New Spanish production shingle LaZona Films has unveiled its first production slate, topped by a pic from David Serrano, who wrote “El otro lado de la cama” (The Other Side of the Bed), the highest-grossing Spanish pic of 2002.
Serrano will helm “Con amor o sin amor” (With Or Without Love), a musical comedy set to go before the cameras in June 2004.
LaZona is also working with scriptwriters Jose Antonio Jimenez and Joaquin Andujar. Latter penned this year’s B.O. hit “El oro de Moscu,” on a second comedy, “Un neandertal en casa” (At Home With a Neanderthal).
“Comedy is a genre which works well in Spain, and we are delighted to be working with writers and directors like Joaquin Andujar and David Serrano, who have a proven track record at the box office,” says LaZona’s Douglas Wilson.
LaZona was created in late 2002 by Wilson and brothers Ignacio and Gonzalo Salazar-Simpson.
Its business plan is for two to three Spanish-lingo features a year and an occasional English-lingo pic. Initial budgets will be in the e2 million to E3 million range ($1.8 million-$2.7 million).
Focusing on tying down young screenwriting talent in Spain, LaZona is also developing romantic comedy “Option D” with tyro scribes Silvia Herreros de Tejada and Alvaro Merino, with Ignacio Salazar-Simpson set to debut as its director, urban action drama “The Fast Boys” with Javier Guillon, and an untitled horror project with David Munoz and Antonio Trashorras, the writers of Guillermo del Toro’s “The Devil’s Backbone.”