MADRID — Nobody knows anything, etc. But Sony in Spain may well be on to a winner with its latest production there, “Miamor Perdido,” a romantic comedy which teams the director, Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, and star, Dani Rovira of “Spanish Affair,” whose two movie installments, released in and, grossed a combined $117.5 million in Spain.
Michelle Jenner, beloved to Spanish audiences since she played Catholic Queen Isabel TV series for public broadcaster RTVE, plays the other part of a love-hate relationship.
Sony Pictures Intl. Productions produces with Discontinue La Película AIE, a tax vehicle. Impala and Caos Films. RTVE has Spanish TV broadcast rights.
Written with Rovira in mind, and billed as a “romantic comedy of a universal nature supported by two leading and eccentric comedic characters with a screwball comedy and slapstick sensibility,” “Miamor Perdido” turns on the on-off relationship between a couple, Mario and Olivia, whose cat, Miamor disappears when they break up a first time, though they are still very much in love.
Filming has just begun in Madrid and will continue for 8 weeks in locations in Madrid and the Basque Country
“We admired Emilio and Dani’s talent in ‘Spanish Affair and are thrilled to be producing this brand-new collaboration in Spain,” said Laine Kline, executive vice president, Sony Pictures International Production, confirming that Sony Pictures “reimagining” “Spanish Affair” “in Latin America next year.”
For Sony, “Miamor Perdido” marks a return to Spanish comedy, a genre which has brought them their biggest hit in Spain in 2014 (“Torrente 5”) and send highest-grossing release in 2014 (“Now or Never”).
The new comedy also marks a return to the movie frontline for José Vicuña, a producer and movie executive who was the longtime president of Warner Español and founder and president of Cinepaq and Sogepaq, two major companies driving the Spanish film business in the 1990s, and whose movie credits range from the magnificent 1965 Antonio Gades-starrer “From the East Wind” down to Emilio Martinez-Lázaro’s modern love musical comedy “The Other Side of the Bed, “ a major hit in 2002.
Also producing is Jose Luis Olaizola, producer of TV series “La forja de un rebelde,” Julio Medem debut “Cows” and Luis Berlanga’s last feature, the 1999 “Paris Timbuktu.”