Olmos crosses borders with 'Crystal' film


Edward James Olmos is set to direct a bilingual drama with the working title "The Crystal Frontier," based on a Carlos Fuentes novel that explores U.S.-Mexico border issues and the far-reaching effects of the two nations' foreign policy decisions.

The actor-director's Olmos Prods. likely will serve as co-producer with the University of Guadalajara, which owns the rights to the screenplay. Olmos said he probably will act in the film as well. Other talent will be announced later.

Olmos is visiting the Guadalajara International Film Festival today to announce the project. The Guadalajara fest, Mexico's top movie showcase, kicked off Thursday.

Filming on "Crystal" is likely to begin in August, and Olmos is targeting a spring 2008 release date in the U.S., though no distributor has been lined up.

The picture will be filmed at various locations along in Mexico City, New York and aong the U.S.-Mexico border.

"Crystal," written by one of Mexico's most important contemporary authors, is a novel consisting of nine intertwined stories that reflect on how political, sociological and economic realities affect various people.

"It is a sociological study of humanity in Mexico and the U.S.," Olmos said. "We probably won't do all nine stories because it would be too complex, but it's a great commentary on what's going on along the border."

Financial details will be revealed later.
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