Banderas snags novel for helming gig

Book won Spain's most prestigious literary award

MADRID — Antonio Banderas has acquired film rights to Spanish novel “El camino de los ingleses” as his second directorial outing after 1999’s “Crazy in Alabama.”

The winner this year of the Premio Nadal, one of Spain’s most prestigious literary awards, Antonio Soler’s “Camino” is a coming-of-age tale charting the first loves, lusts and obsessions of a group of Spanish friends on vacation.

The project is a return to his roots for Spain’s most famous actor. Banderas will shoot the pic in 2006 in his hometown of Malaga, in southern Spain. He’ll set the film in the late 1970s, when he was in his late teens.

Pic will be produced by Green Moon Espana, a production company Banderas set up in Malaga last year, with a script by Soler.

A rep for Destino, the Spanish publisher of “Camino,” confirmed Banderas had acquired the film adaptation rights.

Banderas announced he was in advanced negotiations to do so at the Madrid press conference for “Shrek 2” on June 29.

The Spanish actor was in Malaga Friday to receive this year’s Gold Medal of the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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