×

Peru’s ‘Papa YouTuber’ Goes Global (EXCLUSIVE)

Argentine sales agency FilmSharks Int’l label The Remake Company has sold remake rights at Ventana Sur to Peruvian family comedy hit “Papa YouTuber” (“YouTuber Dad”) to Mexico’s Cinepolis and Italy’s Colorado Films, with several other territories pending.

Advanced discussions are underway in Germany, with Spain, France and the U.S. also pending. “The U.S. deal will likely have a high-profile female director attached,” said FilmSharks Founder-CEO Guido Rud.

“Family comedies are the hot new wave in summer releases,” Rud observed, citing the box office successes of the Italian and Spanish remakes of Argentine family comedy “10 Days Without Mom,” which he sold.  The Italian remake was the number one box office hit this year in Italy while in Spain, its remake grossed $27 million, said Rud who noted that “Papa YouTuber” is the first Peruvian title that the Remake Company has handled.

Released by Cinecolor in Peru where it was a resounding box office hit, “Papa YouTuber” turns on a middle-aged family man who is turfed out of his decades-old job by his new millennial bosses. When he finds out how much others have earned from their YouTube videos, he decides to become a YouTube influencer himself.

Popular on Variety

Papa-YouTuber
CREDIT: FilmSharks

“Papa YouTuber” is helmer-scribe Fernando Villaran’s third film, but the first film he has produced under his new label, Funny Games Films. Producer-writer-director Gonzalo Ladines also produced the comedy. Former Patagonik TV exec Alejandro Cacetta (“Zama”) and Angel Olarte co-produced.

The Mexican and Italian remakes of “Papa YouTuber” are likely to start production next year, said Rud whose company holds the remake rights to more than 50 titles, starting with Argentine hit “Dos mas Dos,” starring Adrian Suar.

FilmShark’s hottest selling remakes include a slew of comedies, led by Santiago Segura’s “Torrente” franchise, Juan Taratuto’s “Un Novio Para Mi Mujer” and Leonardo di Cesare’s “Buena Vida Delivery,” but some dramas as well, such as Alejandro Amenabar’s “Tesis” and “The Others,” and Fabian Bielinsky’s heist thriller “The Aura.”

Papa-YouTuber
CREDIT: FilmSharks

More Film

  • Film Review: 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always'

    'Never Rarely Sometimes Always': Film Review

    The basic plot of “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” is easy enough to describe. A 17-year-old girl named Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) winds up pregnant in a small Pennsylvania town. Prevented from seeking an abortion by the state’s parental consent laws, she takes off for New York City with her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder), where what they’d [...]

  • Kathy Valentine, Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin,

    The Go-Go's on Sundance Doc: Neither 'America's Sweethearts' Nor 'Drug-Crazed Demons'

    Some people might come to a Go-Go’s documentary wanting a purely fun, bubbly experience, based on the effervescence the group projected at its breakthrough peak in the early ’80s. Others might want a sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll tell-all, if they’re aware of the tensions and bad habits that led the all-female band to [...]

  • 'The Dissident' Review: Powerful Look at

    'The Dissident': Film Review

    It’s become common, if not cliché, for a critic reviewing a documentary about a turbulent real-world event to write something like, “It exerts the power of a true-life thriller!” Well, make no mistake: “The Dissident” does. Directed by Bryan Fogel, who in 2017 made the Oscar-winning “Icarus” (about the Russian doping of Olympic athletes), the [...]

  • Cathy Yan, Chris Messina, Mary Elizabeth

    Margot Robbie, 'Birds of Prey' Co-Stars Justify the Movie’s R-Rating, Violence and Cussing

    Following the success of “Joker” last year, DC Films is continuing its gritty streak with “Birds of Prey,” a slam-bang adventure about Harley Quinn. Though DC Film’s 2016 tentpole “Suicide Squad” took a critical bashing at the time, filmgoers quickly took a liking to Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn. “Birds of Prey” gives the [...]

  • Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) has

    Film News Roundup: 'The Irishman,' 'Marriage Story' Added to Criterion Collection

    In today’s film news roundup, four Netflix titles have been added to the Criterion Collection, Slamdance and ArcLight are partnering, Steven Grayhm is starring in and directing a paranormal drama, and The Mammoth Film Festival sets its lineup. CRITERION COLLECTION Four Netflix titles will be released on Blu-ray through the Criterion Collection — Martin Scorsese’s [...]

  • Bong Joon Ho 'Parasite' Director

    Listen: Who Will Take Home the Oscars for Best Director and Picture?

    The Oscars are just two weeks away, so it’s time to start making final predictions about who is going to win. On this week’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast, I invited the magazine’s deputy awards and features editor (and my “Pick of the Week” co-host) Jenelle Riley onto the show [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content