Cannes: Broad Green to Bring 'Buena Vista Social Club' Sequel to Big Screen
Lucy Walker ('The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom') will direct the film, which is scheduled to begin shooting in July.
Sixteen years after Buena Vista Social Club debuted, Broad Green Pictures is bringing a sequel of sorts back to theaters.
Dubbed Buena Vista Social Club – Adios, the film will return to Cuba's vibrant music scene that was depicted in the Oscar-nominated documentary that also spawned a hit album.
Lucy Walker (The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Waste Land) will direct the sequel, with Christine Cowin and Zak Kilberg producing.
Broad Green Pictures is financing the project and will lead production alongside Blink TV and Convergent Media (formerly Social Construct Media). Broad Green has worldwide rights to Adios and will distribute in the United States, with Mister Smith Entertainment handling international sales for the sequel at this month's Cannes Film Festival.
The move comes on the heels of Broad Green acquiring a 45% stake in Mister Smith earlier this year. Adios marks their first collaboration.
The documentary will follow the band — many of whom appeared in the original film, directed by Wim Wenders — on their upcoming final world tour. The film will follow five original band members, who reveal their personal and professional highs and lows since 1999, while remembering the band members who have since passed away. The tour will culminate in a series of homecoming concerts in Havana.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin in July, with a theatrical release targeted in 2016. Broad Green’s Victor Moyers and Asher Goldstein will oversee production for the studio.
The film coincides with political change afoot in Cuba, as America has loosened restrictions on the isolated island nation in recent months.
"The original Buena Vista Social Club movie introduced the world to a group of fantastically charming and talented musicians who have inspired the world with their stories, hearts and music," Walker said. "Those are big shoes to fill, and I am honored to follow in the footsteps of such a beloved, popular movie about such beloved, popular artists, and it’s especially fascinating during this important moment in Cuban history."
Added Broad Green chief creative officer Daniel Hammond: "Buena Vista Social Club was such a culturally moving film that evoked such a passionate response from audiences and critics worldwide. We are honored to be part of continuing this beautiful story alongside a filmmaker we admire."
Founded by Gabriel Hammond and Daniel Hammond in 2014, Broad Green has become an aggressive buyer on the festival front, nabbing such hot titles as Walk in the Woods and 99 Homes. Other films on the company's upcoming slate include three from director Terrence Malick: Knight of Cups, Voyage of Time and an untitled project starring Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender.