BUENOS AIRES — L.A.-based Vanguard has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Uruguayan crime drama “Reus,” one of the biggest box offce hits in Uruguay in recent years.

Deal, which includes English-language rights, was closed at Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur, “Reus” co-director Pablo Fernandez announced at Ventana Sur Sunday.

A chronicle of two crime families’ struggle to control the Reus neighborhood of Montevideo, the capital’s immigrant hub, “Reus” is produced by Pablo Fernandez’s Sueko Films in Uruguay and Brazil’s Panda Filmes.

Mariana Secco’s Montevideo-based Salado Media associate produced. 3C Films Group distributed in Uruguay and Argentina.

Sueko, Panda and 3D Films Group will now produce “Reus 2,” said Fernandez, who produced and co-directed, along with Alejandro Pi and Eduardo Pinero.

The sequel features an attempt by one of the crime families of “Reus” to reassert its control over the neighborhood and avenge its patriarch’s murder.

The partners aim to shoot within five months, Fernandez added.

In deals prior to the Vanguard pact, Australian pubcaster CBS and Miami-based Somos TV have also picked up “Reus.”

Fernandez said: “Crime dramas are rare in Uruguay. ‘Reus’ talks about polemical issues, but the fact that it does so through a crime drama may explain part of its success.”