Paramount Mexico's own 'Backyard'

Film centers on Ciudad Juarez murder investigation

MEXICO CITY -- Paramount Pictures Mexico has picked up Mexican distribution rights to Carlos Carrera's thriller "Backyard -- El Traspatio," marking Paramount's first acquisition here since it replaced United International Pictures Mexico last year.

The Indigo Films production, which centers on a homicide investigation in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, features Ana de la Reguera, Joaquin Cosio, Sayed Badreya and Jimmy Smits.

Acclaimed Mexican scribe Sabina Berman penned the script for Carrera, who directed Mexico's all-time boxoffice leader, "The Crime of Father Amaro." Berman also is producing "Backyard" with Epigmenio Ibarra of Argos and Isabelle Tardan.

Production wrapped last week and Paramount is looking to release the picture nationwide early next year.