Fox takes ‘Red Eagle’ in Spain

Pic is spin-off from top TV hit

MADRID — Hispano Fox Film has picked up Spanish theatrical and DVD rights to “Aguila roja, la pelicula” (Red Eagle, The Movie), the feature film adaptation of swashbuckler “Red Eagle,” Spain’s biggest TV drama hit in Spanish 2009/10 TV season.

Spain’s top TV fiction production house Globomedia and sister company Versatil Cinema produce. Pubcaster RTVE, which broadcast the series, has taken free-to-air TV rights.

Filming on “Eagle” starts Aug. 16 for a six-week shoot in and around Madrid and in the Segovia province.

Daniel Ecija, Globomedia exec prexy, will produce “Eagle,” which marks the directorial film debut of TV helmer Jose Ramon Ayerra. Vet Spanish casting director Luis San Narciso (“Volver,” “The Sea Inside”) is also attached to the project.

Movie toplines series actors such as David Janer, Javier Gutierrez and Francis Lorenzo, plus Spanish TV comedy thesps Mariano Pena (“Aida”) and Antonio Molero (“The Serranos”) and France’s Stany Coppet.

“Eagle” will be ready for delivery in 2011.

Like the skein, the movie combines action, humor and romance. It turns on a modest school teacher by day but caped crusader by night who battles to save a 17th century Spain from an international conspiracy.

This is the second TV series Globomedia has adapted for the big screen after producing in 2001 youth drama “I Won’t Let You Down,” the spinoff of Antena 3 skein “Companeros.”

For Hispano Fox Film, “Eagle” represents the second Spanish swashbuckler acquired in a year after inking Andrucha Waddington’s “Lope,” about the early life of Spanish playwright Lope de Vega, which it releases Sept. 3.

During the 2009/10 season, “Red Eagle” averaged a 28.4% share and 5.6 million viewers on RTVE’s main channel La 1. A third season airs from the fall.