BUENOS AIRES — Argentine indie shops BD Cine and Haddock Films are partnering for the first time, with the production of the crime and legal thriller “Tesis sobre un homicidio” (Thesis on a Homicide).

Hernan Goldfrid will direct based on the novel of the same name by Diego Paszkowski, building on his commercially successful debut with the 2009 romantic comedy “Musica en espera” (Music on Hold).

Patricio Vega, who penned “Music on Hold,” will adapt “Thesis,” the tale of the perfect crime conceived by a young and arrogant lawyer and now under challenge by a famous criminalist.

Casting is under way and lensing is slated for the second half of this year at locations in Argentina and Spain.

BD Cine is behind commercial and fest hits like co-owner Daniel Burman’s “Lost Embrace” and “Brother and Sister,” while Haddock co-produced Juan Jose Campanella’s 2010 Oscar-winner “The Secret in Their Eyes” and Marcelo Pineyro’s “The Widows of Thursdays,” two of the hottest B.O. draws of 2009 in Argentina.

The producers are turning to literature for scripts, a trend aimed at finding fresh stories in Argentina after years of director-focused films that helped build a name for the industry in the 1990s. Burman did so with his last film, “Brother and Sister,” as did Pineyro with “Widows.”