In a major step-up in scale, Telefonica Studios, the production division of Spanish telco giant Telefonica, has boarded Academy Award winning Alejandro Amenabar’s upcoming “Regression,” starring Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke, which has just wrapped principal photography, having filmed on location in Toronto.
TWC-Dimension will open “Regression” in the U.S. on August 28, 2015.
Telefonica Studios will co-produce “Regression,” the new thriller from writer-director Alejandro Amenabar (“The Sea Inside,” “The Others”) headlined by a stellar cast including Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson.
Telefonica Studios joins production companies MOD Entertainment and MOD Producciones, the film’s lead producers with Amenabar’s own label Himenoptero, and First Generation Films in Canada.
“Regression” is also backed by Telefilm Canada.
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Producers of Amenabar’s “Agora,” and many of the big internatuional movies coming out of Spain, such as “The Impossible,” Telecinco Cinema has just announced it has acquired Spanish rights to “Regression.”
From an original screenplay by Amenabar, “Regression” marks a return to genre for Amenabar whose “The Others” grossed over $200 million worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing Spanish films ever.
Set in Minessota in 1990, “Regression” tracks detective Bruce Kenner (Hawke) as he investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray, (David Dencik) of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits his guilt, recknowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories. What they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.
With David Thewlis (“The Fifth Estate,” “Harry Potter”), David Dencik (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), “Regresion” also co-stars Dale Dickey (“Winter’s Bone,” “True Blood”), Lothaire Bluteau (“The Tudors”) and Devon Bostick (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”).
The creative team includes production designer Carol Spier (“Pacific Rim,” “Eastern Promises”), director of photography Daniel Aranyo (“The Last Days”), costume designer Sonia Grande (“The Others,” “Midnight in Paris”), casting directors Jina Jay (“The Others,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”) and VFX supervisor Felix Berges (“The Impossible,” “Agora”).
MOD’s Fernando Bovaira, Amenabar’s long-term producer (“The Others,” “Agora,” “The Sea Inside”) Amenabar and First Generation Films’ Christina Piovesan (“Life,” “The Whistleblower”) produce. Axel Kuschevatzky and Gabriel Arias-Salgado will exec prod for Telefonica Studios.
“We are proud to be part of such an amazing and exciting film,” asserted Kuschevatzky, director of Telefonica Studios. It marks “a master’s return to the thriller. It is also part of our ongoing belief in outstanding genre pictures made from a personal viewpoint.”
Telefonica Studios has rapidly emerged as one of the driving forces on the Spanish and Latin-American movie scene, investing in no less than 12 features released per year.
Some titles co-produced by Telefonica Studios include Damian Szifrons Cannes competiton player “Wild Tales,” Juan Jose Campanella’s “Foosball,” Eugenio Mira’s “Grand Piano,” starring Elijah Wood and the animated hit “Tad, The Lost Explorer.”