Telespan to remake ‘Torremolinos’

Spanish film unit nabs rights to porn comedy

Spanish production house Telespan 2000 has licensed Mandarin-language remake rights on Spanish porn industry comedy “Torremolinos 73” to China’s Shenzhen Golden Coast Film.

Production on Chinese version is skedded for this fall, directed by Chinese helmer-producer Agan.

The original “Torremolinos” was released in 2003, helmed by first-timer Pablo Berger and starring Spanish thesps Javier Camara and Candela Pena. Set in ‘70s Spain, pic narrates how a traveling encyclopedia salesman with a passion for Ingmar Bergman’s films ends up making low-budget skin pics. A co-production between Telespan and Denmark’s Nimbus, it was sold to many international territories, including the U.S. (First Run Features). The film production arm of Spanish tech-media giant Vertice 360, Telespan has also sold Italian remake rights on hit musical comedy “The Wrong Side of The Bed” to Italy’s Cattleya.

Telespan said it is also studying offers from European and U.S. companies to produce an English language version of “The Wrong Side.” A French remake, entitled “On va s’aimer,” was produced last year.

Telespan’s moves coincide with other international adaptations of Spanish pics. London-based Becker Intl. has teamed with Barcelona production house Rodar y Rodar to produce an English-language remake of Guillem Morales’ psychological thriller “El habitante incierto” (The Uncertain Guest).

Screen Gems is prepping an English-language remake of Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza’s chiller “REC,” while New Line is in negotiations to take U.S. remake rights to Juan Antonio Bayona’s horror pic “The Orphanage,” with Guillermo del Toro attached to produce.