The executives at Picturehouse now can really draw a big smile on their mouths. The company has wonderfully gained North American distribution rights to biopic feature of "El Cantante" starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.
Spending almost $6 million to reach the deal, Picturehouse therefore beats down fellow competitors of Miramax, Focus Features, and the Weinstein Co to the punch. The studio is planning a July 2007 release for the movie.
Centering on the life of godfather of modern salsa Hector Lavoe, the flick depicts the man and his wife, played by Anthony and Lopez, as they undergo a whirlwind yet tragic life with their only child dying in a gun accident. Film direction is handled by Leon Ichaso who also pens the script alongside David Darmsteder and David Maldonado while Lopez, Simon Fields, plus Julio Caro are serving as producers.
Picturehouse, a specialty film production company, was founded in 2005 as a joint venture of New Line Cinema and HBO Films which both are divisions of Time Warner. Its recent big screen productions include "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story", "The Notorious Bettie Page", and "A Prairie Home Companion."