George Lopez is in talks to co-write, produce and star in one of the projects from Salma Hayek and partner Jose Tamez’s new MGM-based shingle Ventanazul.
Shingle is tapping hot young talent from Mexico, Chile and the U.S. for its first three projects.
Comedic fantasy “Bones Family” will be co-written and directed by Mexican brothers Gabriel and Rodolfo Rivapalacio, creators of “Una pelicula de huevos,” the second highest grossing pic of all time in Mexico after “The Crime of Father Amaro.” “Bones Family” centers on a father who tries to unite his dysfunctional family by taking them on a trip to Las Vegas.
Rodrigo Garcia (“Nine Lives”) is attached to helm Ventanazul’s coming-of-age project “Diego Ascending,” a remake of Israeli pic “Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi.” Ligiah Villalobos pens the script about a teen torn between developing his potential in math or taking care of a Latino family. Hayek and Tamez will produce along with Mark Teitelbaum and Sergio Aguero.
Ventanazul will start principal photography early next year on Chilean Nicolas Lopez’s untitled project. Lopez will write and direct the sci-fi comedy thriller, which focuses on a young woman who is sent to the past to prevent WWIII. Problems arise when she falls in love and puts the mission at risk. Hayek and Tamez will produce the pic alongside Lopez’s producing partner, Miguel Asensio. Lopez will exec produce.
“You can see from the stories we have selected that Ventanazul is committed to showing the film community and the broad audience that Latin-themed stories fall into all categories,” Tamez said.
MGM forged the joint partnership with Hayek and Tamez in April. Shingle’s mission is to acquire, develop and produce Latin-themed material and utilize Latin American and Hispanic talent on both sides of the camera.
Company aims to make 12 pics in five years with budgets ranging between $2 million and $25 million.