Warner Bros Pictures Italy is to collaborate with the celebratedVanzina brothers, through their production company International Video 80, onthree Italian-language pictures.

Carlo Vanzina will direct all three and co-write with Enrico, withWarner Bros Pictures International retaining all worldwide rights.

"This agreement marks our second collaboration with the Vanzinabrothers," Richard Fox, executive vice president of international at WarnerBros Entertainment, said in a statement.

"After the success of our first, Febbre Da Cavallo - LaMandrakata, whichreached $4.9m in Italian box office, we were confident that the results ofcontinuing our relationship had great potential to be fruitful and mutuallybeneficial."

"Carlo and Enrico possess great instincts about the comicsensibility and timing that is suited to Italian tastes, so we're tremendouslypleased to be working with them again," Simona Benzakein, vice president ofEuropean Productions at Warner Bros Pictures, added.

"The Vanzina name holds great cachet in Italy," added PaoloFerrari, managing director of Warner Bros Pictures Italy.

"It is a privilege to collaborate with Carlo and Enrico again andwe will work earnestly to deliver films that are on par with their previouswork."

"We're very happy to work with Warner Bros because it's a greatopportunity for Italian cinema to have as a partner a major company who, as wedo, believe in cinema as entertainment and give us enormous creative freedom,"Enrico and Carlo Vanzina said in a joint statement.

Febbre Da Cavallo - La Mandrakata is the sequel to Febbre Da Cavallo, directed in 1976 by Steno Vanzina,Carlo and Enrico's father, which quickly became one of Italy's most lovedcomedies.

The Vanzinabrothers' latest picture, Le Barzellette, was released in February in Italy and has grossed $7.4m atthe Italian box office.