Brazil’s Total, Mexico’s Alebrije Team For Brazilian Remake of ‘Instructions Not Included’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Fox inks with Brazil’s Total Filmes on ‘Instructions,’ ‘If I Were You 3,’ ‘Overwhelming Women 2,’ “We Are A Family”

RIO DE JANEIRO  — In a mega co-production pact announced out of the RioMarket, Walkiria Barbosa’s Rio-based Total Filmes and Monica Lozano’s Alebrije Cine y Video have inked for a Brazilian remake of “Instructions Not Included.”

Lozano produced the original “Instructions Not Included,” written by, directed and starring Eugenio Derbez, which grossed $44.5 million in the U.S., the highest trawl ever for a Spanish-language film, plus $46.1 million in Mexico, an all time home-turf record for a Mexican film.

Fox will handle distribution in Brazil on “Instructions” and three other Total productions set for 2015, two the latest installments in juggernaut Brazilian franchises: “If I Were You 3,” and “Overwhelming 2,” a follow-up to Total Filmes’ first feature, a breakout success made in 2002, which saw Total hit the B.O. ground running.

Lozano and Barbosa will meet at the RioFest’s RioMarket to advance on details of “Instructions’” Brazilian adaptation. Per Barbosa, it looks set to follow the main lines of Lozano and Derbez’s blockbuster original: A Brazilian playboy is suddenly presented with a small daughter he knew nothing about. Helpless, he tries to track down the American mother in the U.S. to return the child, fortuitously ends up as a stuntman in movies. He begins to become a real father for his child, until years later the mother demands custody.

Barbosa and Lozano will soon assign a Brazilian screenwriter for the adaptation. A big Brazilian star will play the lead Eugenio Derbez role, Barbosa added. Total plans a mass casting process in Miami, where many Brazilians now have homes, to find a girl who can speak English and Portuguese to play the role of the daughter.

The Brazilian “Instructions” will shoot in Brazil and the U.S. first half 2015, targeting the Brazilian market, Barbosa said.

Alebrije and Total announced at last year’s RioMarket a Mexican remake of “If I Were You,” a franchise in Brazil, which also caught fire at local wickets. Released in 2006 and 2009, its two parts have grossed a combined R$79.5 million ($32.5 million), ranking No.2 and No. 6. in Brazilian releases over 2000-12, per Filme B.

A sex identity comedy, “If I Were You” turns on a couple which, after a particularly virulent row, change bodies.

“Overwhelming Women 2” (“Avassaladoras 2”) will imagine its protagonist, played by Giovanna Antonelli, still running a dating agency, but one that has grown into the largest online outfit in the world.

Total Filmes will also produce “We Are a Family ,” also distribbed in Brazil by Fox. Broad comedies, with broad social point, capturing the insecurities of a society hurtling towards modernization, all four productions are planned for 2015.

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