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Spain’s Mediapro Studio has signed a new development deal with best-selling genre author Lorenzo Silva to oversee scripted fiction based on his novels.
First up in the new pact is a series based on Silva’s latest book, Si Esto es Una Mujer (If This Is a Woman) written in collaboration with Noemi Trujillo, and another adapting two of his nine popular novels featuring the Civil Guard duo Ruben Bevilacqua and Virginia Chamorro.
The award-winning novelist will supervise the script team for the new projects from Mediapro’s production outfit Globomedia. Trujillo will collaborate on Woman, about a cold case in Madrid that brings female inspector Manuela Mauri back from a seven-month leave.
No production dates have been announced. Silva will take an executive producer credit on the series.
Silva’s previous script experience includes half a dozen films and TV movies, including two features based on the Bevilacqua and Chamorro characters, 2017’s The Mist and the Maiden and 2002’s The Impatient Alchemist. In 2004, he earned a Goya nomination for the film adaptation of his novel The Weakness of the Bolshevik.
“I am proud to announce this collaboration with Lorenzo Silva,” Javier Pons, Globomedia managing director and TV director for Mediapro Studio, said Tuesday in a statement. “We admire his career, which is full of stories which combine mystery and relevant social topics, all with a human perspective on the characters.”
Added Silva: “I’m very happy to have reached an agreement to launch a series about Bevilacqua and Chamorro with the assurance, experience and industrial solidity that The Mediapro Studio and Globomedia bring to the project. Various projects have arisen over the last 20 years for these two characters, which for me are more than fictional creatures, but none came together in the way that I and many of my fans would have liked. This is an excellent opportunity.”
The Mediapro Studio of Spain’s Mediapro Group, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, recently started principal photography on Woody Allen’s newest film in Spain and has announced a development deal with Emmy-winning writer-director Justin Webster.
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