Gutiérrez to Direct the Next Installment of “The Ring”

F. Javier Gutiérrez is preparing to bring a popular horror film franchise back to life.

Paramount Pictures has hired the Spanish filmmaker, one of the most awarded and lauded fantasy genre filmmakers his native country, to direct the third installment of its The Ring series.

F. Javier Gutierrez

It marks Gutiérrez’s second studio genre franchise film after Relativity Media and The Weinstein Co. chose him to helm the reboot of The Crow in another hotly contested director search.

The Ring threequel is the latest installment of the $400M-grossing horror franchise first launched in the U.S. by Gore Verbinski in 2002 with The Ring and its sequel The Ring 2, both starring Naomi Watts as a woman caught in the clutches of a cursed video tape.

The Ring

The Japanese original Ringu, directed by Hideo Nakata and adapted from the novel by Kōji Suzuki, spawned its own series of prequel/sequels and spin-off films and led a wave of J-horror Hollywood remakes throughout the 2000s.

Gutiérrez earned genre cred on the international scene with his shorts Braziland La habitacion de Norman, followed by his 2008 debut feature Before the Fall (Tres días).

Alazraqui Replacing Piolin in “Free Birds” Voice Cast

Carlos Alazraqui will be flying high in the near future…

The 51-year-old Argentine American voice actor and impressionist has replaced Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo in the voice cast of the computer animated 3D comedy Free Birds from Relativity Media and Reel FX Creative Studios.

Carlos Alazraqui

Alazraqui, best known for voicing the Taco Bell chihuahua, will have a supporting role in the voice cast along with Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler and George Takei.

His credits include voicing characters in the recently released Disney animated film Planes, Toy Story 3 and Happy Feet Two, as well as an acting role on Reno 911.

Sotelo hosted the nationally syndicated Piolin por la Manana radio program until Univision let him go July 22 after an employee made allegations of sexually harassment. Sotelo has denied the allegations.

New Trailer Released for “Romeo and Juliet,” Starring Nathalie Rapti Gomez

Nathalie Rapti Gomez will be getting her William Shakespeare on this October…

The 28-year-old half-Colombian actress stars as Rosaline in Relavity Media’s film adaptation of the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet. 

Nathalie Rapti Gomez

The film, which saw its trailer released recently, stars Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth as the star-crossed teenage lovers.

Along with Rapti Gomez, Steinfeld and Booth, the film’s all-star cast includes Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti and Ed Westwick.

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes penned the script for this latest adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic tale directed by Carlo Carlei.

Romeo and Juliet is set to open nationwide on October 11.

Gutiérrez Signs with William Morris Endeavor

F. Javier Gutiérrez has new representation…

The 39-year-old Spanish filmmaker has signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME).


Gutiérrez, one of the most awarded and heralded fantasy genre filmmakers in his native country, recently landed the job directing the reboot of the James O’Barr cult fanboy classic The Crow at Relativity Media.

Gutierrez, who has been repped at Paradigm, previously wrote and directed the Spanish-language thriller Before the Fall, a film that won Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay at the Malaga Film Festival.

In addition, Gutierrez is set to produce the sci-fi project The Greys for Dimension Films, as well as produce House Of Horror with James Wan, currently in production at Dimension Films.

Urbizu to Direct the Pablo Escobar-Themed “Silver or Lead”

It’s silver or lead time for Enrique Urbizu

The 50-year-old Spanish filmmaker will direct the Pablo Escobar-themed film Silver or Lead after Relativity Media acquired the script for the project.

Enrique Urbizu

Silver or Lead centers on the the manhunt for the notorious drug lord. It centers on the private war between Escobar and General Hugo Martinez, whose life rights are part of the deal. In addition, Relativity’s deal includes the life rights to Joe Toft, the former chief of the Bogota office of the Drug Enforcement Agency who was directly involved in the pursuit, capture and death of Escobar.

The film’s name comes from a famous Escobar phrase, “Plata o Plomo.” It’s the choice Escobar reportedly offered the people he encounters: take riches or take a bullet. It’s the choice Martinez faces when he refuses a $6 million bribe by Escobar to call off the manhunt.

Pablo Escobar

Source material for the film comes from author Simon Strong’s award-winning book Whitewash: Pablo Escobar and The Cocaine Wars, which was also acquired by Relativity.

Urbizu,’s previous project, 2011’s crime thriller No Rest For The Wicked, swept the last year’s Goya Awards with a record 14 wins.

Sanchez to Star in ABC’s Devious Maids Pilot

Roselyn Sanchez is apparently maid to order…

The 38-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer has landed  one of the lead roles in ABC’s Devious Maids pilot, alongside former Ugly Betty star Ana Ortiz and former Heroes star Dania Ramirez.

Roselyn Sanchez

From Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, the drama follows four ambitious with big dreams of their own who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. The concept is based on a popular Spanish-language telenovela.

The former Without a Trace star will play Carmen, an aspiring singer who carries herself like the rich and famous woman she knows she’ll become one day be. She works for a self-absorbed Cuban-American pop star, played by newcomer Angelique Cabral, who is constantly on tour.

Meantime, Sanchez will next co-star in Relativity Media’s Act Of Valor, which opens tomorrow.