×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Paramount Pictures, Atresmedia Cine, Film Factory Team for Pre-Teen Soccer Movie ‘Futbolísimos’

Lensing until Sept. 2, film adapts Spaniard Roberto Santiago's hit book saga

Paramount Pictures Spain has picked up Spanish distribution rights to Atresmedia Cine’s pre-teen soccer film “Los Futbolísimos,” an adaptation of Spaniard Roberto Santiago’s same-titled hit book series.

Vicente Canales’ Film Factory has acquired internationals sales rights, while Spain’s leading paybox Movistar+ and Nickelodeon network nabbed pay TV rights, confirming a strong interest in the project.

“Los Futbolísimos” marks Atresmedia Cine’s newest bet on movies aimed at young audiences, which have often played well at local box office. Examples take in 2013’s “Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang,” that earned €5.2 million ($5.9 million), and 2014’s “Pancho, Millionaire Dog” ($2.9 million). However, unlike other European markets such as Germany or France, production in Spain of children-oriented films disc much more sporadic.

Miguel Angel Lamata (“Unresolved Sexual Tension”) directs and co-wrote the script alongside Pablo Fernández (“Iván’s Dream”) and Roberto Santiago, also a movie director, with credits such as “The Suicide Club” and “Road to Santiago.”

The film is executive produced by Gustavo Ferrada, a senior Spanish industry figure and producer on Juan Jose Campanella’s “Underdogs,” as well as Atresmedia Cine’s Rosa Pérez, Chester Media’s José Alberto Sánchez and Wandermoon’s Fernando de Miguel.

One of Spain’s best-selling children and youth book series in recent years, “Los Futbolísimos” has sold to date more than 1.3 million copies in Spain. It has also been published in Portugal, France, Italy, México, Brazil and Argentina, among other countries.

The “Los Futbolísticos” movie focuses on saga’s first tome, “El misterio de los árbitros dormidos” (The Mystery of the Sleeping Referees), following a group of schoolmates who, aiming to prevent the closure of their soccer team, the Soto Alto Fútbol Club, make a secret pact to always stay together and keep on playing soccer.

Rolling for eight weeks through Sept. 2 in locations in Madrid, Segovia and Guadalajara, film toplines Joaquín Reyes, star of Netflix’s first Spanish comedy show, “Una y No Más,” plus a bunch of young actors led by Julio Bohigas, Milene Mayer and Marcos Milara, selected from a casting of 5,000 children.

More Film

  • Ryan Coogler Black Panther Variety Feature

    Ryan Coogler to Receive Directing Honor at Palm Springs Film Festival

    Variety will honor director Ryan Coogler at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 4th as part of the annual 10 Directors to Watch Brunch at the Parker Palm Springs. The brunch is presented by AT&T. The “Black Panther” director will receive the annual creative impact in directing award. Previous recipients of this award [...]

  • Ventana Sur: 10 or So Takes

    Ventana Sur: Drilling Down on This Year’s Edition

    BUENOS AIRES —  11 takes on the biggest Ventana Sur yet, in initiatives and initial business announcements: 1.CANNES’ MOST DARING MOVE? Over the last decade, film festivals two biggest growth roadmaps have run through strengthening their industry heft, aiding an ever more challenged independent film business, and to morph into all-year-round structures. The Cannes Festival [...]

  • Ian Schrager Ian Schrager, New York,

    Studio 54 Co-Creator Ian Schrager Wants to 'Set the Record Straight'

    In the 1970s, Studio 54 was the epicenter of New York nightlife. With wildly theatrical sets, a guest list of celebs, and jet-setters that included everyone from Andy Warhol to Grace Jones, and a pulsating disco beat, the nightclub helped define the Me Decade. But its reign was short lived. In 1980, founders Steve Rubell [...]

  • 'The Favourite,' 'Black Panther' Lead Critics'

    'The Favourite,' 'Black Panther,' 'First Man' Lead Critics' Choice Movie Nominations

    Fox Searchlight’s “The Favourite,” directed by rising art-house star Yorgos Lanthimos, led the field of film nominees for the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. announced Monday. The period comedy, a biting send-up of the court of Queen Anne, received 14 nominations including best picture, director, actress (Olivia Colman), supporting actress [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content