Disney rolling with 'Thunder' in Spain


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BERLIN -- Walt Disney Motion Pictures Iberia has picked up the Spanish rights to "Captain Thunder," an adventure movie from Maltes Producciones.

The deal also includes a first option deal for U.S distribution.

"Captain Thunder," known in Spain as "El Capitan Trueno," is the most popular Spanish comic of all time. At its peak in the 1960s it sold more than 170,000 copies weekly. The hero is a 12th century knight-errant who travels the world enforcing justice and freedom against bullies and tyrants. He is accompanied on his travels by his faithful teenage friends Crispin and Goliath. The comic book was first produced in red, white and black in 1956.

The movie is in preproduction.

Pau Vergara's Maltes Producciones is producing.

The movie, with a budget of $30 million, has already sold to more than 53 countries including Latin America, South Korea, Russia and the Middle East.