Pantelion Films has set an Oct. 9 release for “Ladrones” (Thieves), the sequel to heist comedy “Ladron que roba a ladron” (To Rob a Thief), a 2007 Lionsgate release that scored the highest opening-weekend gross for a Spanish-language pic at that time.
“Ladrones” features the pairing of leading Televisa star Fernando Colunga, who reprises his role as the Latino Robin Hood character Alejandro Toledo, and Mexican telenovela heartthrob Eduardo Yanez. “By bringing Colunga and Yanez together, two of the hottest stars in the Spanish-speaking Americas, we were able to create a unique event onscreen that we can’t wait to share with U.S. moviegoers,” said producer Jim McNamara, who is also the chairman of Pantelion Films.
In “Ladron que roba a ladron,” legendary thief Toledo and his partner take down an infomercial guru exploiting Latino immigrants. In “Ladrones,” Toledo comes out of his retirement from crime to help a community reclaim land stolen from them by a beautiful but ruthless businesswoman and her clan.
Helmed by Joe Menendez, pic was shot in the Dominican Republic as part of a co-production pact with the island-based Lantica Media.
Pantelion, a joint venture between Lionsgate and Mexican media giant Televisa, launched in 2010 with the aim to serve the burgeoning U.S. Hispanic moviegoing market. It had a breakout hit in 2013 with Eugenio Derbez’s “Instructions Not Included,” which earned $44.5 million and became the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S. Other releases include “Pulling Strings,” “Casa de mi padre” and “From Prada to Nada.”