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Laffer ‘Torrente 4’ racks up sales

Segura preps next pic in Spain's biggest film franchise

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Helmer Santiago Segura’s “Torrente” saga, Spain’s biggest film franchise, is bolstering its international credentials.

In the latest deals, FilmSharks Intl. has licensed the 3D “Torrente 4” to Japan’s Alcine Terran, broadcaster ZDF for France and Germany, SBS TV for Australia and Netflix for Latin America.

Produced by Segura’s Amiguetes Entertainment, “Torrente 4” has now sold north of 40 territories, said FilmSharks founder Guido Rud.

FilmSharks is handling international sales on “Torrente 5,” which is skedded for delivery summer 2014.

Amiguetes will produce.

Segura is writing the screenplay (plot is under wraps) and aims to shoot next summer. He has launched a talent competition for a cameo role on Spanish TV comedy show “El Hormiguero.”

Torrente 4” — written, produced, directed and starring Segura as scumbag ex-cop, Torrente — was Spanish cinema’s biggest local hit in 2011, grossing €19.3 million ($24.9 million).

Franchise’s total trawl in Spain is $90.7 million.

From “Torrente 4,” has begun to break out abroad. The fourth part featured cameos by soccer player Cesc Fabregas and Spanish pop star David Bisbal during the credits crawl.

Per Rud, “Torrente 4” distributors are now tubthumping for their local stars to have cameos in the next installment.

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