Jaume Collet Serra, the Spanish director of Warner Bros' HouseOf Wax, has signed to direct Goal! 2, the second film in MilkshakeFilms' football trilogy. Shooting starts in October in Spain and London.
Thetrilogy follows a Mexican boy from Los Angeles to play football in the UK,before transferring to a Spanish club and then playing for his national team inthe World Cup finals in Germany in 2006. Newcomer Kuno Becker is playing theyoung footballer in all three films, and is joined by co-stars AlessandroNivola , Anna Friel, and Stephen Dillane.
"Webelieve Jaume is one of the most visual storytellers of his generation," saidproducer Mike Jefferies. "He also has a great sensitivity and is amazing withstory and talent. Plus, the fact that he's from Spain is going to make thingsincredibly efficient for us, because that's where we're shooting Goal!2."
Following a stint at English club Newcastle United in thefirst film, Goal! 2 sees Becker arrive at the Spanish football club,Real Madrid. Serra has already shot some second-unit scenes in Tokyo withreal-life players David Beckman and Zinedane Zidane, to capture the club'ssummer tour of Japan.
"It has always been imperative to our creative vision tofeature real teams, real competitions and real players in Goal! and theycertainly don't come much bigger and better than the players of Real Madrid,"said producer Matt Barelle. "Their inclusion brings a huge amount ofauthenticity and excitement to the project."
Producedby Jefferies and Barrelle's Los Angeles-based Milkshake Films, the trilogy hasgarnered the support of football's international governing body FIFA and itsmarketing partners, Adidas, Coca-Cola and McDonalds.
Goal! is opening in the UK on Sept 30 via Buena VistaInternational (BVI), which has rights in selected territories. The Walt Disney Company has North Americanrights to the first film, with Village Roadshow taking Australian, Toshibanabbing Japan and Epsilon securing Germany. No distribution rights to thesecond and third films have been sold.