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Patagonik, Demente: Chilean Remake of ‘A Boyfriend for My Wife’

Remakes, often of popular comedies, build in Latin America

Two powerhouse shingles from Chile and Argentina have forged a strategic alliance that kicks off with the Chilean remake of Argentine romcom “Un novio para mi mujer” (“A Boyfriend for My Wife”). Demente Contenidos of Chile and Argentina’s Patagonik Film Group have agreed to co-produce a number of films with commercial potential in both territories and beyond.

Patagonik will provide the screenplay as well as part of the financing for production and post-production.

Budgeted at $1 million, the Chilean adaptation of “A Boyfriend for My Wife” will be distributed worldwide by Patagonik; Demente will own the Chilean rights. 20th Century Fox Chile, which released the massive comedy hit “Stefan vs Kramer,” co-helmed and co-produced by Demente CEO Sebastian Freund, is in talks to release the remake in Chile.

“A Boyfriend for My Wife” is a 2008 hit directed by Juan Taratuto about a timid husband who hires a professional Lothario to seduce his formidable wife, in the hopes that this will make her divorce him. A South Korean remake by Min Kyu-dong titled “All About My Wife” was released in 2012.

Patagonik has produced a string of prominent titles in Argentina including Fabian Bielinsky’s “Nine Queens” and Pablo Trapero’s “White Elephant,” which competed at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar in 2012.

“We’ll be exploring other genres and titles that have crossover potential between our countries,” said Freund, who is also in talks with Fox International Channels to produce a TV adaptation of “Logia,” the Chilean conspiracy thriller novel by Francisco Ortega, one of Demente’s inhouse scribes.

Freund and Demente owner-partner Soledad Saieh have set up a stable of inhouse writers, the first of its kind in Chile, to develop projects at Demente. In development are Pablo Illanes’ upcoming horror pic tentatively titled “No Tengas Miedo” (Don’t Be Afraid), with a target budget of $500,000; a romcom by Fabrizio Copano; a comedy by Rodrigo Munoz; and a psychological horror pic by Enrique Videla.

Chile’s latest box office phenomenon, “El Bosque de Karadima” by Matias Lira, has already spawned a TV spinoff, produced by Demente, with Chilevision set to air the miniseries at the end of the drama’s theatrical run. Freund was the producer and exec producer on the pic.

Based on real events centering on a prominent pedophile priest, “Karadima” has amassed record-breaking admissions of more than 300,000 by its seventh week, surpassing that of Pablo Larrain’s “No” and Sebastian Lelio’s “Gloria.”

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