Pantelion Films announced Wednesday that it has acquired the U.S. rights to NALA Films and Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions’ “Casa De Mi Padre,” starring Ferrell as well as Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Genesis Rodriguez, Efren Ramirez, Adrian Martinez, Pedro Armendariz, Jr. and Nick Offerman.
The Spanish-language film is a homage to classic westerns and telenovelas and will be released March 16, 2012.
Director Matt Piedmont, Pantelion Films CEO Paul Presburger and NALA Films President and COO Darlene Caamano Loquet spoke about the deal.
“Will, Andrew and I are excited to have Pantelion distribute the movie — especially since our collective knowledge of the Spanish language amounts to what we learned during a half-hour Learning Annex class taken the night before production of the film began,” said Piedmont. “We loved collaborating with NALA to make this movie and now can’t wait to have it released. Pantelion and NALA are the perfect team to get it out there.”
“We cannot imagine a better vehicle than ‘Casa De Mi Padre’ to demonstrate how a Spanish language film can appeal to a broad main stream audience,” said Presburger. “We are enthusiastic about joining forces with NALA Films on this project and feel that Will, Matt and Andrew have proven that if it’s funny, we all laugh in the same language.”
“We are thrilled about partnering with Pantelion to bring ‘Casa De Mi Padre’ to all audiences,” said Loquet. “Comedy has no barriers, and that can be seen in the terrific performances and work delivered by this international cast and creative team.”
Here’s the official synopsis of “Casa De Mi Padre”:
“Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father’s ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch encounters financial difficulties, Armando’s younger brother Raul (Diego Luna) shows up with his new fiancée, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez). It seems that Raul’s success as an international businessman means the ranch’s troubles are over as he pledges to settle all debts his father has incurred. But when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul’s business dealings turn out to be less than legit, all hell breaks loose as they find themselves in a war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal).”
There will also be a title track for the film written by Andrew Steele and Patrick Perez, and will be performed by Christina Aguilera, a four-time Grammy Award winner.