First out the gate is Bolado’s “From Cape to Cape” a generational/existential drama series loosely based on Truffaut’s “The Man Who Loved Women,” which will shoot in Los Cabos.
Principal photography was pushed back to early 2015 due to the hurricane Odile, which slammed into Cabos San Lucas in September, destroying hotels, villas and downing trees and power lines. Filming there is Bolado’s way of helping the area recover from the super-storm. This is, after all, where he shot his multiple-prizewinning feature debut “Bajo California, el limite del tiempo.” “In effect, it is Carlos’ love letter to Baja,” said Nayar who will co-pen the series with Bolado. Treisman serves as executive producer.
Another project under the deal is a still untitled dystopian series set in a time of severe drought. “I wrote the script for a feature film but we’re developing it into a series instead,” said Bolado, whose documentary “Promises,” co-helmed with Justine Shapiro and B.Z. Goldberg, was nominated for a Best Documentary Academy Award in 2002.
Paul Weitzman at Preferred Artists has agreed to represent Sfera Films on a project-by-project basis. Sfera Films will be looking to place these projects in an OTT network like Netflix.
Separately, Bolado is attached to direct the remake of Indian hit comedy “Three Idiots,” with Rio Negro’s Matthias Ehrenberg co-producing.
As an editor, Bolado’s long list of credits – aside from his own films – include two of the biggest Hispanic hits in the U.S., “Instructions not Included” and “Like Water for Chocolate.”
Nayar is set to helm $2 million Mexican dramedy “Beginners Guide to the Presidency,” a working title,
in and around Mexico City in February. Cast includes Basque thesp Unax Ugalde, NY-born Alec Von Bargen (“Law and Order”), Spain’s Carla Nieto (“Angel o Demonio”) and Mexican thesp Alejandra Ambrosi (“Hidden Moon”).
Projects are the first of several planned under the Sfera Films banner in a bid to address the burgeoning multi-platform entertainment needs of Latino markets in both English and Spanish.