Comedian George Lopez has inked an overall film and TV deal with Pantelion Films and South Shore, the film and TV venture between Lionsgate and Mexican media corporation Televisa.
In mid-October, Lopez will begin shooting an English-language feature film, Pantelion Films’ “La Vida Robot,” which he will star in as well as produce. Film is based on a true David & Goliath story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers from Phoenix who form a robotics team.
Lopez is also starring in “Saint George,” from Lionsgate Television and Lionsgate’s television distribution company, Debmar-Mercury, using the company’s pioneering 10+90 model (meaning they will shoot 10 episodes and if gets picked up, 90 more will be ordered).
The half-hour sitcom is currently in production and will premiere on FX in early 2014.
“We’re thrilled to be in the George Lopez business,” said Pantelion Films CEO and Televisa USA Managing Director Paul Presburger. “George is a comic superstar and brand name in the Latino community, and he reflects the kind of A-list Latino film and TV talent we’re recruiting for our Pantelion and South Shore partnerships. As our breakout hit Instructions Not Included recently demonstrated, Latino audiences are hungry for mainstream commercial entertainment that incorporates Latino characters and themes, and George’s broad appeal and cross-cultural humor is tailor-made to meet this demand.”