Fast rising Spanish director Luis Alejandro Berdejo is preparing the $3m romance Jennifer Can for Notro Films, Versus Entertainment and Videntia Frames Producciones.

Berdejo will begin shooting at the end of October in San Sebastian on his story of a hospital caretaker who develops a relationship with a young patient confined to a water tank due to a rare skin disease.

Adolfo Blanco, Tomas Cimadevilla, Iker Monfort and Adrian Guerra are producing and Manuel Monzon will serve as executive producer. The shoot will most likely move to Maine in the US for the final act.

Berdejo made a name for himself through his acclaimed Spanish shorts and is currently in post-production on his feature directorial debut, Gold Circle Films' supernatural thriller The New Daughter.

Mandate International is in Cannes selling The New Daughter, which stars Kevin Costner and Ivana Baquero in the story of a single father whose young daughter displays strange behaviour after they relocate to rural Illinois. Notro holds Spanish rights and Paul Brooks is producing.

'Berdejo's talent is amazing and everyone in Spain is waiting to see [The New Daughter],' Blanco said. 'It's got the kind of expectation that you only find with established film-makers as Amenabar or Alex de la Iglesia.

'Luis Alejandro Berdejo is one of the most promising new talents emerging from the Spanish film industry.'

Berdejo previously directed the award winning shorts La Guerra and For(r)est In The Des(s)ert. He also wrote the Spanish horror film [Rec], which premiered at Venice Film festival in 2007.