BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s first bigscreen superhero is prepping to take flight in helmer Luis Barone’s $4.6 million “Zenitram, un argentino que vuela” (Zenitram, an Argentine Who Flies).
Barone is producing under his Kaos banner with Spain’s Telespan 2000, Estudios Picasso and Brazil’s Jaguar on a budget three times the average in Argentina.
Set in a futuristic and decaying Buenos Aires, the black comedy concerns a poor Argentine struggling to control his newly discovered superpowers.
Juan Minujin (“A Year Without Love”) stars as Zenitram. Jordi Molla (“Bad Boys II”), Steven Bauer (“Traffic,” “Scarface”), Luis Luque (“On Probation”) and Veronica Sanchez (“Mia Sarah”) also star.
Juan Sasturain, an Argentine pro-soccer player-turned-writer, adapted his own short story for the screenplay with Barone and Spaniard Jesus de la Vega.
Buena Vista Intl. has distribution rights for Europe, with the release slated for 2008.