Spanish director Jorge Dorado is set to write and direct an adaptation of the Russian drama Yulenka for Fox International in Spain.

Dorado is currently writing the script based on Aleksandr Strizhenov’s 2009 film about a university professor who moves from the city to a small town to teach gymnastics. When he arrives he finds all of the girls are harboring evil secrets.

Fox International recently set up an office in Spain and is currently putting together its first projects. The studio hopes to begin shooting the Yulenka adaptation next year.

Prior to that, Dorado is writing and directing a $2.9m (€2.1m) Spanish-language psychological thriller titled Dark Sun, which is being produced by Madrid-based outfit Out Of The Box.

Kerry Fulton, head of Out Of The Box, told ScreenDaily: “Jorge has already written the script with Juanma Romero and we are hoping to shoot this October. I will be going to Cannes to look for financing, co-production partners and a sales agent.”

Dark Sun tells the story of a couple, Santi and Nora, who are invited for dinner by one of Santi’s business clients, Fredi, who owns a house in the mountains. But the dinner turns into a mystery after Santi is seduced by Fredi’s wife Laura and it appears Nora has a previous link to Fredi. The next day Nora is gone, and Santi has to uncover why she has disappeared.

The cast for the film is yet to be confirmed, but Fulton said they had approached Argentinian star Ricardo Darin and Spain’s rising talent Leonor Watling to play key roles.

Dorado is also scheduled to work on an English-language feature for Gold Circle in the US. Further details have yet to be revealed.

Dorado has previously worked as an assistant director on Pedro Almodovar’s films Talk To Her and Bad Education, as well as Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.

His previous short films have won numerous awards, especially La Guerra, which he co-directed with Luis Berdejo, and which picked up a Goya nomination and won 47 other awards.