Maria Ripoll to direct ‘Hitsville’

English-language action-thriller budgeted at $4 million

MADRID — Maria Ripoll (“Tortilla Soup,” “Your Life in 65”) is attached to direct “Hitsville,” an English-language action-thriller set up at Madrid’s Intuition Films, Kanzaman and 6 Sales and Mexico’s Fractal Communications.

Patrick Juarez’s Intuition Films will lead-produce. Headed by Marina Fuentes, 6 Sales will not only co-produce but handle international rights.

Cast will be “recognizable name actors,” said Fuentes. Below-the-line budget looks just over Euros3 million ($4 million), she said. Screenplay is by Josep Ciutat, his first feature gig.

Aiming to shoot partially in the Canary Islands, “Hitsville” is a “‘Lost’-meets-‘Snatch’,” said Juarez. Production aims to tap a 18% RIC Reservation of Canaries Investment tax break, Juarez added.

Action turns on two hitmen’s attempts to kill a target on an island where bullets don’t work and their victim can only leave of his own volition.

“Hitsville” marks the lastest addition — and one of the most action-packed – to Spain’s burgeoning genre tradition.

The producers aim to close cast in time to launch a sales campaign at fall’s American Film Market.

“Hitsville’s” financing structure reps one of the roles played by Madrid-based sales, financing and production company 6 Sales.

“Here we brought together producers and financiers,” Fuentes said. On select other films — Hans Perk’s Dutch pre-school toon feature “Miffy,” Ian Power’s Irish-town set “The Runway,” now in post, 6 Sales offers minimum guarantees for international rights, repping roughly 15% of a film’s budget.

6 Sales Cannes slate also features Antarctic-set sci-fi-horror film “Cold Skin,” from “Eclipse” helmer David Slade, “Dancing Arabs,” by “City of God” co-director Katia Lund, and Fernando Trueba’s “The Dancer and the Thief,” Spain’s 82nd Academy Award entry.

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