Spanish rights and distribution house Sogepaq has picked up theatrical, pay-TV and video rights in Spain on Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which began shooting Tuesday in Spain. Public broadcaster Television Espanola has free TV rights.
Pathe International is handling international sales on the film which is backed by Pathe Pictures in the UK, Pathe France, StudioCanal and Germany's KC Medien. Pathe will distribute Quixote in the UK and France.
Sogepaq also unveiled a first-look deal with Pedro and Agustin Almodovar's El Deseo and Mexican outfit Tequila Gang to take rights in Spain on their forthcoming co-productions, including Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo Del Diablo) and Andres Wood's La Fiebre Del Loco.
The pick-ups were unveiled at the San Sebastian International Film Festival by Sogepaq general manager Margaret Nicoll during a presentation of new projects at the various arms of audiovisual giant Sogecable.
Adding further details to the newly announced in-house production plans of Canal Plus, general manager Jose Manuel Lorenzo said that the pay-TV unit was seeking international - and particularly US - co-production partners for fiction series and TV movies.
Fernando Bovaira, general director of film production arm Sogecine, announced that Miguel Bardem (The Ugliest Woman In The World) has been lined up to direct forthcoming romantic comedy Noche De Reyes. Sogecine has a full slate of films in development and production, which also include Julio Medem's Lucia Y El Sexo and Alejandro Amenabar's Nicole Kidman-starrer The Others.