Rice teams with Canonigo on ‘Entry’

U.S. producer looks to work with Spanish partners

BARCELONA — U.S. producer Wayne Rice (“Valentine’s Day”) has teamed with Barcelona-based Canonigo Films to co-produce the $5 million thriller “Forced Entry.”

Spanish helmer Christian Molina (“Diary of a Sex Addict”) is attached to direct. “Entry” turns on an American family that moves to Barcelona and is held hostage in its own home by three masked intruders.

Rice will produce via his Los Angeles-based shingle Capacity Pictures.

Pic’s screenplay was written by Brit filmmakers Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, who have co-penned horror movies such as “Evil Aliens” and “Blood River.”

Shot in English, “Entry” rolls from February in Spain. Cast is still to be determined.

The deal marks a first step of what could be a regular film production association.

“I would love to establish a partnership that allows us to do at least one co-production in Spain a year,” Rice told Daily Variety.

Move suggests a growing interest among U.S. indie production companies in courting European producers for co-production and financing.

In the “Forced Entry” project, both sides “are bringing equity to the table and will be taking full advantage of the (Spanish) Ministry (of Culture)’s subsidies,” Rice said.

“All productions will have a combination of Spanish and American talent both above and below the line,” he added.

Rice has produced B.O. hits such as Gary Marshall’s romantic pic “Valentine’s Day,” or Danny Leiner’s comedy “Dude, Where’s My Car?” Pics nabbed worldwide $213 million and $73 million, respectively.

Rice praises Canonigo’s commitment to make commercial films, not just for Spanish audiences but also the rest of the world.

“In today’s financial climate, it is important to tell stories that all audiences can connect to.”

Helmer Molina has in post on Danny Glover and Robert Englund starrer “I Want to Be a Soldier,” a youth violence drama.

Beverly Hills’ sales agent Epic Pictures handles international rights to both “Entry” and “Soldier.”

Canonigo Films’ CEO Marivi de Villanueva’s credits include Bigas Luna’s “Golden Balls,” toplining Javier Bardem, and Juanma Bajo Ulloa’s Spanish B.O. hit “Airbag.”

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