Madrid based outfit Lazona is in development on two new projects, one a coming-of-age comedy with popular director Roberto Santiago and the other a film adaptation of the International Emmy-nominated series Ugly Duckling (Patito Feo).

The project with Roberto Santiago is No Limit (Sin Limite), a story of love and adventure about two young people who travel to play in a major poker tournament in Spain. Luis Fernandez is already confirmed to star.

“We are planning to shoot the film in Spain this autumn with La Canica Films, who made Bigas Luna’s Di Di Hollywood, as co-producers,” Gonzalo Salazar-Simpson, co-head and founder of Lazona, told ScreenDaily.

Santiago is currently in post on the football comedy El Sueño De Ivan with Tornasol Films, having just completed romantic comedy Estas Ahi?, also with Lazona. Santiago previously enjoyed success with Road To Santiago, which took $5m at the Spanish box office in 2009 through Warner Bros, and the Longest Penalty In the World, which is being remade in Germany by Ascot Elite Entertainment.

Lazona’s other project Ugly Duckling (Patito Feo), based on the popular Argentinian series [pictured], will be directed by Jose Manuel Carrasco (Carlota’s Diary) and starring Juan Darthes and Laura Esquivel from the original series.

The film will follow a similar path to the series about two rival musical dance groups doing battle in a school. Production duties are split between Lazona and the companies behind the series, Elastic Rights, Ideas Del Sur and Televisa.

“Shooting will take place in Madrid from the end of May, and we have already had a lot of interest in the project from various distributors,” Salazar-Simpson noted. Aurum will distribute in Spain.

Lazona’s thriller No Rest For The Wicked (No Habra Paz Para Los Malvados), directed by Enrique Urbizu and co-produced by Telecinco Cinema, will be released this autumn in Spain through Warner Bros.