Allen films to be bankrolled by Spaniards


The French might love Woody Allen more than anyone, but it's the Spanish who are putting their money where their mouth is.

Spain-based producer-distributor Mediapro has signed a pact to finance and co-produce three Allen films during a three-year period beginning in 2009. His sister Letty Aronson's Gravier Prods. also will produce.

Before the deal begins, Allen will return to New York to shoot his next project, an untitled Wild Bunch-funded feature that begins filming in the spring.

The news comes on the heels of the Weinstein Co. picking up North American rights to Allen's romantic comedy-drama "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," shot in Spain and financed and co-produced by Mediapro.