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Mexico’s Filmadora, Celeste, Itaca Link To Spain’s Neo Art on ‘Darker Than the Night’

Pioneering 3D shockfiesta shaping up as a big 2014 Mexican release

GUADALAJARA – Mexico’s Filmadora Nacional, Celeste Films and Itaca have teamed with Spain’s Neo Art to produce “Mas negro que la noche” (Darker Than the Night), a remake of a 1975 shock-fest classic that marks Mexico’s first live-action stereoscopic 3D movie.

A remake of Mexican horror maestro Carlos Enrique Taboada’s 1974 shock-fest of the same title, now considered a classic, “Night” has the makings of one of Mexico’s big releases of 2014.

Videocine, the distribution arm of Televisa, is on board to handle the release, bowing ‘Darker’ late August/early September, Zimbron told Variety at the Guadalajara Fest. Horror titles often out-index in Mexico.

Part of Alex Garcia’s AG Studios, like Itaca, sales and distribution house Latam Distribution has Latin American distribution rights outside Mexico.

Helmed by Mexico’s Henry Bedwell, “Darker Than the Night” is a classic PG13 haunted house horror aiming to entertain and target square-on teen demos, said Zimbron.

It keeps the basic set-up of 1975 classic – four beautiful girls in a haunted mansion – Mexican horror maestro Carlos Enrique Taboada was big on big houses– but alters character arcs, said Zimbron. “This is a haunted house riot,” he added.

“Night” also uses pioneering digital technology developed by Barcelona’s Apuntolapospo, which allows WI-FI signals to control 11 rudders on a camera lens, changing depth of field and angle with eye movement precision.

“Co-producing ‘Darker Than the Night’ has been a unique experience, given that it was the first time that a live-action film was shot in Mexico in 3D, which was one of the things that Spain brought to the table,” said Neo Art founder Antonia Nava,

“Working with Filmadora, Celeste and Itaca marked the culmination of a close relationship which will surely be repeated,” she added.

A stereoscopic 3D DCP will be ready for delivery at the end of May, Zimbron said. A teaser trailer will run in theaters in Mexico from about a couple of weeks from now, he added.

Along with a soon-to-be-attached sales agent, Nava and Latam Distibucion’s Eduardo Caso will introduce a 3D demo to buyers at May’s Cannes Market.

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