Fox grabs Latin rights to Luna, Arriaga's "Bufalo"


MEXICO CITY -- 20th Century Fox has acquired the Latin American rights to Diego Luna starrer "El Bufalo de la Noche" (The Night Buffalo), a drama co-produced by Luna and Mexican scribe Guillermo Arriaga ("Babel," "Amores Perros").

"Buffalo" will make its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month. Here in Mexico, a 20th Century Fox spokeswoman said the distributor plans a wide release in Mexico for April.

Arriaga, who co-wrote the script with first-time helmer Jorge Hernandez, said in a statement that he took a big risk when he decided to work with a new director. He also went out on a limb with the cast. With the exception of Luna, most of the actors are newcomers.

"Buffalo" centers on a 22-year-old schizophrenic who commits suicide after his girlfriend cheats on him with his best friend. Before killing himself, though, he carries out a plan to drive the lovers mad.

Arriaga launched production company La Neta Films shortly after completing a successful trilogy -- "Perros," "21 Grams" and "Babel" -- with Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

At the 58th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, Arriaga won best screenplay for Tommy Lee Jones' "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada." "Babel" recently scored seven Golden Globe nominations, including best screenplay.