Ana Marie de la Fuente
GUADALAJARA — Mexico’s NeverEnding Media, the production shingle of thesp sisters Martha and Miri Higareda, is prepping a couple of English-language pics in the wake of the box office success of its romcom “Casese Quien Pueda” (Marry If You Can).
“I’ll be in Los Angeles for a month and a half to meet with potential production partners,” said Martha Higareda, who is repped by ICM and Untitled.
Mexican-American romancer “For You Mi Amor,” budgeted at $4 million, and family comedy “Halfway Home,” at $5 million, will go into production next year after NeverEnding’s next pics in Spanish, “Fuga de Reinas” and “Tierras Rojas.” Shingle is also planning to produce animated feature “Brizios” in 2015.
Road movie/comedy “Fuga de Reinas,” budgeted at $2.5 million, tracks four girlfriends on a road trip. It goes into pre-production later this year. Martha Higareda has penned pic in which she will also star. Epoca Films co-produces while Videocine and Pantelion own distribution rights in Mexico and the U.S., respectively.
“Tierras Rojas,” helmed by Noe Santillan and starring Higareda, is currently shooting on location. Epoca Films co-produces with NeverEnding Media. Comedy centers on a hapless Mariachi band which finally gets accepted in a contest but for lack of a trumpet player, enlist the punk rocker son of the band’s frontman.
A Pantelion Films U.S. release, “Marry If You Can,” helmed by Marco Polo Constandse, now ranks as the third all-time box office hit in Mexico, after “Instructions not Included” and “Nosotros los Nobles.” It claims the second largest opening weekend for a domestic pic in Mexico after “Instructions not Included,” a massive hit in the U.S. for distrib Pantelion.
“Marry If You Can” grossed 164 million pesos ($12.4 million) on its fourth week while still in theatres.