MediaPro general director Jaume Roures said his company has signed a deal with Allen to back an as-yet unscripted film by the director set in Spain, and likely Barcelona.Roures told Screendaily.com that a contract was signed for MediaPro toproduce the film for a likely 2007 shoot.
"We're not excessively worried about the script because we know it will begreat," Roures said.
"You can give Woody Allen carte blanche. We're justhoping to learn as much as we can in the process."
The film will include "signficant participation by Spanish actors," headded.
MediaPro will have international rights, although the company tends to workwith third-party sales agents on its productions.
MediaPro also distributes locally through other companies in Spain and has no immediate plans to setup its own distribution outlet.
Allen - long rumoured to be considering a Spain-set film with his former distributor here, Antonio Llorens of Lauren Films - was in Spain last week on tour with his jazz band.
The director is popular in Spain, although not all his films have performed as strongly as his latest.
Released by new heavyweight On Pictures, Match Point is still in the local top 10 after seven weeks out and more than Euros 6.7m grossed.
Producer and services provider MediaPro, also a partner in a new television channel to launch next year in Spain, boasts a long list of film credits, including Oliver Stone's Comandante, Fernando Leon's Princesses (Princesas) and Mondays In The Sun (Los Lunes Al Sol) and in-production biopic Salvadorstarring Daniel Bruehl.