Televisa’s film distribution arm Videocine has snagged Mexican theatrical rights to Leonardo Zimbron’s Traziende Films production “How to Break Up With Your Douchebag” (formerly “Amanda – The Break Up Planner”), by L.A.-based helmer-scribe Gabriela Tagliavini.
Penned by Tagliavini and Ricardo Alvarez Canales, the $2.5 million comedy takes its cue from such femme-centered laffers as “Bridesmaids” and “Trainwreck.” Pic centers on a woman who makes a living from breaking up couples, and who decides to take on the task of splitting up her sister’s relationship with her jerk of a boyfriend.
Pic stars Mariana Trevino (Netflix’s “Club de Cuervos”), Camila Sodi (“Bufalo de la Noche,” “Ninas Mal”), Sebastian Zurita (“Ciudadano Buelna,” “Corazon Salvaje”) and Christopher Uckerman (Fox’s “Kdabra” and an RBD band member).
Repped by UTA’s Ramses Ishak and Michael Sheresky, Tagliavini has racked up credits including Disney’s 2004 award-winning hit comedy “Ladies Night,” Eva Longoria-Christian Slater starrer “Without Men” and “Border Run,” starring Sharon Stone. She has also adapted the best-selling novel “The Anatomist” for HBO.
A former Warner Bros. Mexico exec, Zimbron has produced a number of box office hits, led by 2013 Mexican blockbuster “Nosotros los Nobles,” and has produced at Alzaraki Ent. Netflix’s “Club de Cuervos” with producing partner Monica Vargas Celis. Other Zimbron credits include “Pulling Strings.” Traziende’s upcoming pics include kiddie live-action/animated combo “Elefante, el Caballo,” spring break romcom “Sundown” (“Guatdefoc”) and a Dominican Republic-set co-production with Lantica Films, “Complices.”
Principal photography of “Douchebag” will kick off late this month in Mexico City. Videocine has committed to a wide release in 2017.