"I'm tired of seeing movies where we are all poor and barefoot and we don't know what Wi-Fi is," says Nicolás Lopez, director of the upcoming superhero romantic comedySantos(pictured at right; see his blog for the proper context of the photo). In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Lopez talked about the challenges of making a movie in his native Chile: "When your country is located in the ass of the world and it's named like a condiment, it's hard to get people to take you seriously." Yet there are also advantages: "Chile is ideal. You can make things for a price, and there is a lot of enthusiasm and excitement down there." I wrote about Lopez last month and wondered if he could pull off the delicate balance between comedy, romance and comic book fantasies. As the interview explains, Lopez has already developed two strong alliances.

The first is with producer Elizabeth Avellan. She met Lopez when his previous film played at South by Southwest and has served as a mentor. In a recent e-mail to Cinematical, Lopez said Avellan has come on board as a producer of Santos and mentioned that he is currently working at Troublemaker Studios in Austin to finish the visual effects for the film; efforts are also being made to secure American theatrical distribution. Santos will open in Chile and Spain on November 1. The second alliance is with Salma Hayek's production company Ventanazul, which intends to make Lopez' next film as part of their joint venture with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. The plan is to start filming on that English-language project -- described as "a John Ford western, Terminator, and Back to the Future rolled into one" -- next spring. Notably, Lopez insisted on filming in Chile and has visions of building a state-of-art studio there so as to help create an infrastructure for the local film industry. Can't wait to see what he dreams up next.

[Via GreenCine Daily]
categories Movies, Cinematical