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Patrica Riggen to helm ‘Elsa & Fred’

Director's romantic comedy 'Girl in Progress' opens Friday

L.A.-based Mexican director Patricia Riggen, whose Eva Mendes-Matthew Modine starrer “Girl in Progress” opens Friday, is attached to helm the English-language remake of Spanish-Argentine 2005 hit “Elsa and Fred.” Riggen and Michael Bell have co-penned the $8 million adaptation backed by Matthias Ehrenberg’s Rio Negro of Mexico.

U.S. and U.K. companies are set to board the romantic comedy. Ehrenberg, Nicolas Veinberg, Jose Levy and Ricardo Kleinbaum are producing.

“Elsa and Fred” follows a widower and his vivacious new neighbor who discover that it’s never too late to fall in love and realize their dreams.

Principal photography in New York and Rome locations are slated for September.

Riggen is best known for her 2007 feature debut “Under the Same Moon,” which sparked a bidding war at Sundance. She has since directed telepic “Lemonade Mouth” for the Disney Channel and Pantelion’s “Girl in Progress.”

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