Atresmedia, Atipica Team on Cop Thriller ‘Isla’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Rodriguez follows up critically acclaimed sales hit 'Unit 7'

MADRID — Atresmedia Cine, the powerful film arm of Spanish media conglom Atresmedia, has teamed with Jose Antonio Felez’s Atipica Films to co-produce cop thriller “La Isla minima,” helmer Alberto Rodriguez’s follow up to “Unit 7.”

A hard-boiled action thriller, “Unit 7” ticked all the right boxes last year, notching up critical plaudits, a standout Euros2.4 million ($3.2 million) B.O. distribbed by Warner Bros., and sales near worldwide from Vicente Canales’ Film Factory Ent.

Budgeted at $4 million, “La Isla,” now in pre-production, rolls from October for eight weeks in Andalusia’s marshy lowlands around the Guadalquivir River, known as Las Marismas, Atresmedia Cine CEO Mercedes Gamero told Variety.

Alberto Rodriguez and long-time co-scribe Rafael Cobos penned the script, this time narrating two cops’ tribulations in Las Marismas.

“Scenery will play a very important part in the film, enhancing the concept of ‘Isla minima’ (literally ‘Minimum Island’) as an isolated place, where rules and human relationships are different,” Felez said at the Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings.

A Spanish cast will be announced shortly.

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With “Isla,” Atresmedia Cine, a regular producer of international suspense-horror films such as Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s “Intruders” and Rodrigo Cortes’ “Red Lights,” is adding extra breadth to its production lineup.

“We are very interested in expanding into action thrillers: Rodriguez is one of Spain’s top directors of this kind of film,” Gamero said.

“Isla” marks the second installment of the Atresmedia-Atipica film production partnership after Daniel Sanchez Arevalo’s comedy “La Gran familia espanola,” one of Spain’s biggest B.O. hopes of the year, which will be released by Warners.

For Madrid-based Atipica, one of country’s leading arthouse outfits, which is well-know for nurturing young Spanish talent with international potential, the association with Atresmedia allows it to move closer to the mainstream.

“Atresmedia’s expertise in producing, promoting and broadcasting films is very important given the difficult times Spanish film industry is going through,” Felez said.

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