Sony Pictures Releasing has picked up Spanish theatrical and home entertainment rights to “Patito Feo, la pelicula” (Ugly Duckling, the Movie).
Pic is a spinoff from hit Argentine teen telenovela “Patito Feo,” which turns on a 13-year-old girl, nicknamed Patito, who feels ugly, but is a natural when it comes to singing.
In the movie, Patito travels to Spain to attend an international talent school, where she enjoys new adventures and falls in love.
Pic re-teams companies involved in the skein: Mexican TV giant Televisa, Buenos Aires-based Ideas del Sur and Spanish brand management company Elastic Rights. Madrid-based Lazona Films comes on board for the movie.
Jose Manuel Carrasco (“The Diary of Carlota”) directs from a script co-penned by TV series writers Mario Schajris and Marcela Citterio, alongside screenwriter Pablo Fernandez.
Filming on “Duckling” will take place in Madrid, kicking off June 20. Pic is budgeted at €2.5 million ($3.6 million).
Thesps Juan Darthes and Laura Esquivel, from the TV series, will topline.
Produced by Ideas del Sur, the skein ran on Argentina’s Canal 13 from 2007. The success extended across Latin America, distributed by Televisa, and Southern Europe, licensed by Elastic Rights. An “Ugly Duckling” pilot is being produced for MTV in the U.S.
Sony will release “Duckling” in Spanish theaters next fall.