Spanish ‘Red’ gives Bollywood a gay spin

Aloy to direct musical laffer

Adding a further piece to the slowly growing jigsaw of western-Bollywood crossovers, Eva Baro and Antonio Sole’s Barcelona-based ABS Production is advancing on the 3 million euros ($3.3 million) “Jungle Red.”

The gay English-lingo musical comedy is skedded to shoot in 2004, with Antoni Aloy (“Essence of Mind”) helming.

ABS is the Spanish co-producer of Peter Greenaway’s competition player, “The Tulse Luper Suitcases, part 1.”

Pic turns on two young homosexual lads who escape from their repressive small village dreaming of becoming stars in Bollywood. Pic becomes a road movie through the exotic land of Shiva.

Screenplay is by Mario Torrecillas.

“The aim is to use existing rock and pop songs but ‘Bollywoodize’ them and give the film a Bollywood look,” Sole says.

ABS can draw down some 6 million euros ($6.6 million) in private and public coin from Spanish or Catalan sources, Baro says.

It is offering co-production positions on the pic, however. According to Sole, pic could be structured as a Spanish-U.K.-Indian co-prod.

ABS is also moving “Shot,” an English-lingo horror thriller. The $3 million pic is scripted by Belgian Alexander Adams and Catalan Edmon Roch. ABS aims to tie down an Asian partner on the pic, which is also skedded to roll in 2004.

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