Photo: George Lopez with Televisa
Mexican-American comic and TV star George Lopez has just inked a deal with Pantelion Films, that is owned by Lionsgate and Mexico’s Televisa.
The deal is for film and television products created and/or produced by the comic. Before the deal was finalized Lopez was already working with Lionsgate on a comedy series for the FX cable network. “Saint George” centers around a divorced dad who goes from blue-collar blues to successful entrepreneur.
The next project for Lopez is “La Vida Robot” a film starring the 52-year-old actor, filming begins later this month.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the movie is based on a ‘Wired’ magazine story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers who form a robotics team and, with $800, used car parts and not much else, build an underwater robot that wins the competition taking down reigning champion MIT.
In 2010 Lionsgate studio partnered with the Mexican media/telenovela giant Televisa to create Pantelion which brings Latino-centric films and TV shows geared to U.S. Hispanic audiences. The partnership aims to produce eight to 10 movies each year that are targeting the growing demographic. Its first project was “From Prada to Nada,” and its most recent “Instructions Not Included” just broke Spanish-language film box office records.
Pantelion Films CEO Paul Presburger said “George is a comic superstar and brand name in the Latino community, and he reflects the kind of A-list Latino film and TV talent we’re recruiting for our Pantelion.”
Lopez starred in the ABC comedy “George Lopez” for six years and then hosted a modestly successful late-night talk show for TBS.