Almodovar's film in ruins


Pedro Almodovar's production company El Deseo said Wednesday that it has started production on a docudrama about the discovery of the tomb of El Senor de Sipan, the ruler of ancient Peru's ruins, after acquiring exclusive audiovisual rights to the archeological dig.

Months after James Cameron's "The Last Tomb of Christ" documentary stirred controversy by claiming that it had discovered the bones of Jesus Christ and his family, El Deseo has started preproduction on the feature-length film in co-production with Explora Films.

Documentary specialist Jose Manuel Novoa will direct the film.

According to El Deseo, the tale of the man who ruled Peru about 1,700 years ago includes sackings, murders and intrigue.

Television Espanola and the Spanish Geographic Society are supporting the project, which has a $1 million budget.

Calling it the "the main archeological discovery of the 20th century in America," El Deseo said it anticipates news in the coming months that will make headlines.