Olmos crosses borders with 'Crystal'

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Edward James Olmos is set to direct a bilingual drama under the working title "The Crystal Frontier," based on a Carlos Fuentes novel that explores U.S.-Mexico border issues and the far-reaching effects of the two nations' foreign-policy decisions.

The actor-director's Olmos Prods. will likely serve as co-producer with the University of Guadalajara, which owns the rights to the screenplay. Olmos said he will probably act in the film as well. Other talent will be announced at a later date.

Olmos is visiting the Guadalajara International Film Festival on Friday to announce the project. The Guadalajara film fest, Mexico's top movie showcase, kicked off Thursday.

Filming is likely to begin in August, and Olmos is targeting for a spring 2008 release date in the U.S., though no distributor has been lined up.

The picture will be filmed at locations along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Mexico City and New York.

"The Crystal Frontier," written by one of Mexico's most important contemporary authors, is a novel consisting of nine intertwined stories that reflect on how political, sociological and economic realities affect people.

"It is a sociological study of humanity in Mexico and the U.S.," Olmos said. "We probably won't do all nine stories because it would be too complex, but it's a great commentary on what's going on along the border."

Financial details will be revealed later.
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