Telespan puts on disco shoes for punk pic

Martinez-Lazaro will helm story of Movida movement

Tomas Cimadevilla’s Telespan 2000 is prepping a “24 Hour Party People”-style pic on Spain’s late ’70s/early ’80s Madrid punk movement, the so-called Movida, which was immortalized in the early pics of Pedro Almodovar.

Set in a disco on the day in 1981 when Spain experienced an attempted military coup, pic will be shot on digital video.

The project is the latest addition to a burgeoning slate of films, which builds on the sleeper success of last year’s musical comedy “The Other Side of the Bed.”

Directed by Emilio Martinez-Lazaro and produced by Telespan, Impala and broadcaster Telecinco’s Estudios Picasso, “Other Side” grossed e12.5 million ($13.8 million) in Spain.

Telespan is in post on “Soccer Days,” the directorial debut of “Other” scribe, David Serrano, about a hopeless soccer team.

It will also produce Serrano’s second pic as a director, says Cimadevilla. “Encerrados en la mina” (literally, “Shut Up in the Mine”) will be a black comedy that satirizes the highly serious social conscience cinema that flowered in Spain during its transition from dictatorship to democracy during the ’70s.

Telespan is in production on the $3 million “The Other Side of the Bed 2,” which reprises many of the characters and cast from the first part.

Sold by Lions Gate, the first “Other Side” was picked up by the Sundance Channel for the U.S. in a deal announced here (Cannes Show Daily, May 14).

Telespan 2000’s latest release, “Torremolinos 73,” a kind of “Boogie Nights” meets Franco’s Spain, took best film, director, actor (Javier Camara) and actress (Candela Pena) at the Malaga Spanish Film Festival last month and has cumed an upbeat first 10-day $744,612 off 80 prints in Spain.

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