Still basking in the worldwide success of All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre), Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has decided to shoot his next film on home turf, postponing indefinitely his much anticipated English-language debut.
The provisionally titled Hable Con Ella (Talk To Her) will shoot in Spain sometime next year, possibly as early as March. Sources at Almodovar's Madrid-based production outfit El Deseo confirm that a first draft of the Spanish-language script is completed but would not reveal details about the story or potential casting.
Although Almodovar has repeatedly suggested he would like to unite Spanish A-list actors Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz on a film, sources say the combo looks unlikely for Ella.
The Oscar-winning director's next outing was widely expected to be the English-language The Paperboy, a script he developed with novelist Pete Dexter for United Artists (UA). In July UA closed its London office, run by long-time Almodovar collaborators Wendy Palmer and Fiona Mitchell. El Deseo spokespersons deny that the director's decision not to make Paperboy next year had to do with the changes at UA. It is unclear whether Paperboy will move ahead in the future.
It is also not yet known whether El Deseo executive producer Agustin Almodovar will bring co-producers on board for Ella. France's Renn Productions and France 2 Cinema co-produced Mother. El Deseo has developed a new co-production relationship with London and Mexico City-based Tequila Gang, partners on Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo Del Diablo) and the forthcoming La Fiebre Del Loco from Chilean Andres Wood.