Maya Entertainment nabs ‘Devil’

Film unit acquires rights from Celluloid Nightmares

Maya Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights from Celluloid Nightmares to the Orozco brothers’ thriller “Greetings to the Devil” and will release the film theatrically and on VOD.

Maya made the acquistion at Cannes and disclosed the deal Thursday.

The film was produced by the Orozco brothers and Alejandro Angel Ortega, with XYZ Films serving as exec producers. Directed by Juan Felipe Orozco and written by Carlos Esteban Orozco (“At the End of the Spectra”), the film stars Edgar Ramirez (“Carlos”), Ricardo Velez, Carolina Gomez, Salvador del Solar and Patrick Delmas.

Story centers on a former guerilla rebel seeking a fresh start when his daughter is kidnapped.

“The Orozco brothers, based in Colombia, are creating some of the most exciting and visceral cinema to come from Latin America and we’re proud to bring their edgy new film with a gripping performance by Edgar Ramirez to the U.S. market,” said Tonantzin Esparza, director of acquisitions.

“Saluda al Diablo de mi parte” (Greetings to the Devil) is among a number of pics from Colombia that are approaching Colombia’s drug trafficking issues from fresh angles.

“It was fortuitous for us that Edgar worked on “Carlos” where he has received so much acclaim,” Orozco said. “Having him as the lead has raised our film’s profile considerably.”

James Wan will helm the English-language remake, “Spectre,” of Orozco’s debut feature with Nicole Kidman producing and starring. Cine Colombia releases “Saluda al Diablo” in Colombia on Aug. 12.

The film was also sold to multiple foreign territories including Canada (Mongrel), UK (Revolver), Australia (Madman), France (Wild Side), Germany (Senator), Peru/ Ecuador/Bolivia (Star), Turkey (Calinos), Middle East, and Indonesia (Pt Amero).

The deal was negotiated by Nate Bolotin and Nick Spicer of Celluloid Nightmares on behalf of the picture and Esparza on behalf of Maya.