February 5, 2008 / 7:18 AM / 10 years ago

Woody Allen secures production bankroll in Spain

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Woody Allen has found a partner in Spain. Producer-distributor Mediapro has signed a pact to finance and co-produce three Allen films during a three-year period beginning in 2009. His sister Letty Aronson’s Gravier Prods. also will produce.

Director and writer Woody Allen gestures at a news conference during the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival September 12, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Allen’s upcoming romantic comedy-drama “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” was shot in Spain and financed and co-produced by Spain-based Mediapro. The Weinstein Co. recently picked up North American rights to the film.

Before the Mediapro deal begins, Allen will return to New York to shoot an untitled Wild Bunch-funded feature that begins filming in the spring.

Allen frequently has admitted that most of his films have performed poorly in terms of box-office earnings (“Cassandra’s Dream” being the most recent example), but low receipts have not stopped him from getting new financing.

In recent years, Allen often has gone (and filmed) where the money is, traveling from his New York home base to the U.K. for the BBC Films productions “Match Point” and “Scoop” and to Spain for “Barcelona.” Shooting locations for the Mediapro projects have not yet been determined

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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