Spanish production company Lolafilms is readying several new films for production in 2003.
"I foresee making four or five films this year," says Lolafilms CEO Andres Vicente Gomez, co-producer on Aisling Walsh's Sundance title Song For A Raggy Boy and this season's biggest domestic hit in Italy, Christmas On The Nile (Natale Sul Nilo).
Among the projects in development, the most ambitious is Luis Llosa's English-language The Feast Of The Goat, based on the Mario Vargas Llosa novel set in the Dominican Republic. Gomez says the film is being readied to shoot later this year with a big-name cast. Zachary Sklar (JFK) has written the latest draft of the script.
Feast was one of several English-language projects originally developed out of Lola's now-defunct London office. Another project, Loving The Goddess, based on the life of the poet and novelist Robert Graves, is still in the works with Adrian Hodges (Metroland) writing the script.
Gomez also unveiled two new Spanish-language films in development. The first, Isi-Disi, a comedy about the amorous foils of two university-aged brothers named AC and DC by their rocker dad, is set to feature cameos by AC/DC and Ricky Martin. The script is being written by Joaquin Gorriz and Miguel Angel Fernandez (Tiempo De Tormenta).
The second project, The Seventh Day (El Septimo Dia), is based on the true story of a mass murder carried out by two brothers in rural Spain. The script is by Gen-X novelist Ray Loriga, (writer-director La Pistola De Mi Hermano, co-scripter Live Flesh). Gomez says he is closing new or first-time feature directors for both Spanish-language projects.
Lolafilms is meanwhile pending release in Spain of three films through UIP: Pedro Olea's Tiempo De Tormenta starring Dario Grandinetti (Talk To Her) and Maribel Verdu (Y Tu Mama Tambien) in February; David Trueba's Soldados De Salamina in March; and a just-wrapped comedy about Franco from director Albert Boadella, likely next September.