Hugo Silva To Star In Spanish Rom-Com 'The Opposite Of Love'

Sony Pictures Releasing of Spain will distribute Vicente Villanueva's debut feature in Summer 2011


MADRID -- Spanish heartthrob Hugo Silva is set to star in Vicente Villanueva's romantic comedy "The Opposite of Love," producer Francisco Ramos said as he revealed a smattering of distribution deals for his upcoming 2011 slate.

Sony Pictures Releasing of Spain will distribute Villanueva's first feature, set to start shooting in January and scheduled for release in summer 2011. Free-to-air broadcaster Antena 3 holds TV rights.

"Love" also features Adriana Ugarte, Alex Garcia and Alex Barahona.

Warner Bros. Pictures International Spain will distribute Enrique Urbizu's "Armas y Conversaciones" (Arms and Conversations), based on a novel by Manuel Cerdan and starring Eduardo Noriega and Javier Camara. Set to start shooting in the spring for an early 2012 release, pubcaster Television Espanola has free TV rights.

Pubcaster Television Espanola has also picked up TV rights to one of Spain's biggest upcoming productions: "Mortadelo y Filemon 3D." The film sees Goya Award-winning director Javier Fesser return to the comic book franchise. Fesser directed the first "Mortadelo" film in 2003 with more than 5 million admissions. Set to start shooting in spring 2011, the film will use the same cast as in the 2003 film. Warner Bros has picked up Spanish rights.

According to Ramos, "Mortadelo" will be a 3D "extravaganza" as it was designed from the outset to incorporate 3D in the structure of the plot and not just as a visual enhancement.

"'Mortadelo and Filemon' is going to be a huge movie because it's not a 2D movie converted into 3D. In cinemas there's not going to be a 2D version. There will be [a 2D version] for DVD and TV, but it's going to be slightly different from the theatrical version. Some scenes in the movie cannot be done in 2D so they will have to be replaced for dramatically compatible scenes," Ramos said.

Warner will also handle Zeta's co-production with Antena 3, "Three Meters Over Heaven," directed by Fernando Gonzalez Molina and starring Spanish sex symbol Mario Casas opposite Maria Valverde. The $4.5 million romantic drama is scheduled for release Dec. 3.

The flurry of activity coincides with Zeta's ramping up of production activity. Ramos signed on to head Zeta Audiovisual's production wing in February, giving the producer the deep pockets and infrastructure of one Spain's biggest media groups and giving Zeta a producer with a keen eye trained on Spain's hip urbanites.