Spain's Filmax is developing new feature The Blind Man Of Seville, a crime thriller based on the novel by award-winning UK writer Robert Wilson.

A screenplay is currently being written by Will Conroy, co-writer on Brad Anderson's Transsiberian, a $15m train-set mystery now shooting for Filmax. A director will be announced soon.

Filmax has already secured backing from Germany's ZDF on the film, about a detective in Seville who must confront his own demons as he investigates the grisly Holy Week murder of the city's leading restaurateur.

Seville is one of several new international projects in development at Filmax. Jaume Balaguero is also fine-tuning the script for Lady 13, his follow-up to Calista Flockhart-starrer Fragile. The English-language supernatural thriller is based on the novel by Jose Carlos Somoza about a poetry lover haunted by a nightmare of a parallel world where 13 muses control humankind's destiny. Casting will take place in March or April for an autumn 2007 shoot.

Balaguero's REC, a low-budget Spanish-language horror film co-directed with Paco Plaza, is on Filmax's slate for Berlin, where the company also expects to show the first footage of Transsiberian.