Antonio Banderas' Green Moon Signs Alliance With Vertice 360 and Quinta Communications

The deal includes high-end European fare "Automata" and "Solo."

MADRID - Spanish mini-studio Vertice 360 announced Thursday it has inked a deal with Antonio Banderas' Green Moon and Quinta Communications to co-produce Banderas' next two films, Automata and Solo.

"The alliance is agreat opportunity for European cinema," Banderas said. "In time sof crisis, this dream brings three companies together to create a new way to make movies. We're thrilled to have Tarak Ben Ammar's prestigious Quinta Communications in this trio, along with co-production partners Vertice 360. At Green Moon, our most recent step in our present strategy to grow the company is through long-term alliances."  

Banderas is set to produce and star in $35 million Automata, which will be directed by Gabe Ibanez based on a script Ibanez wrote with Javier Donate and Igor Legarreta. The futuristic tale of artificial intelligence interlaced with Earth's deteriorated environment is set to shoot at the end of the year in Tunisia and Egypt.

The $20 million Solo will shoot in 2012, with Banderas starring, directing and producing the film, based on an original story scripted by Band of Brothers' Erik Jendresen. Banderas stars as a soldier recently returned from the front, suffering post-traumatic syndrome and forced to confront a unique reality.

Vertice Sales, the sales branch of Vertice 360 will handle international sales.

"A deal with these characteristics, with three leading companies like Green Moon, Vertice 360 and Quinta Communications, and starting off with these two big projects, adds value to our strategy to strengthen content creation for all links in the value chain at Vertice 360," said Vertice 360 CEO Saul Ruiz.