Nacho Vigalondo’s Superhero Comedy Series “El Vecino” Among Five New Netflix Spanish Originals

Nacho Vigalondo is neighboring his way onto a new Netflixproject…

The 41-year-old Spanish filmmaker will direct the Spanish superhero comedy series El Vecino, based on the graphic novels by Santiago Garcia and Pepo Perez

Nacho Vigalondo

It’s one of five new projects announced by Netflix, as the company continues its investment in Spanish originals.

The five new projects which will launch on the service worldwide in 2020. 

El Vecino

Elite‘s co-creator, Carlos Montero, has a new project in the works for NetflixEl Desorden Que Dejas is a psychological drama based on Montero’s own award-winning novel.

There are two female-centered series to come including dramedy Valeria based on the novels by Elísabet Benavent, and Días De Navidad starring Fortitude‘s Verónica EcheguiLas Chicas Del Cable‘s Anna Molinerand High Heels‘ Victoria Abril.

The fifth project is an anime adaptation of the best-selling novel Memorias De Idhun by Laura Gallego and produced by Endemol Shine’s Zeppelin

Netflix’s Vice President Original Series, Francisco Ramos, noted the “meaningful investment in the Spanish market” via the new projects and said the plan is to continue not only with series, but also movies, documentaries and unscripted.

In addition, Netflix is also in production on new seasons for hits La Casa De PapelLas Chicas Del Cable and Elite as well as new shows HacheAlta Marand Criminal.

Here’s a closer look at the new Spanish originals:

– El Vecino: Javier’s life is not going well. The last thing he needs is for an alien to land on him and transfer its powers before dying. Now Javier is a superhero, but it turns out super powers are useless when you get fired from your job or your girlfriend decides she wants to take a break. Fortunately, Javier’s friend and neighbor José will teach him to use his powers for good and hide his secret identity, especially from his girlfriend who’s now investigating Titan, the mysterious superhero.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo; Showrunners: Carlos de Pando, Sara Antuña; Writers: Miguel Esteban and Raúl Navarro; Executive producers: Nahikari Ipiña, Eneko Gutiérrez; Production company: Zeta Audiovisual; Main cast: Quim Gutiérrez, Clara Lago, Catalina Sopelana and Adrián Pino

– El Desorden Que Dejas: Aiming to give her marriage a second chance, young literature teacher Raquel accepts a position in the town where her husband grew up. She soon learns that another teacher committed suicide, possibly bullied by her very own students, and begins a quest to find the truth in a place where everybody seems to have secrets.

Writer/Creator: Carlos Montero, based on his novel published by Planeta

– Días de Navidad: Showcases the Christmas celebration of four sisters in their family home through three different time periods, which are also three key moments in their lives. Family dynamics, secrets and personal confrontations will be seen from different perspectives through the lens of time.

Creator/Director: Pau Freixas; Writers: Pau Freixas, Clara Esparrach; Production company: Filmax (Arca Audiovisual); Main cast: Verónica Echegui, Anna Moliner, Nerea Barros, Victoria Abril, Verónica Forqué, Charo López, Ángela Molina and Elena Anaya

– Valeria: Valeria is a writer in crisis, both with her novels and her emotionally distant husband. But she finds solace in her three best friends who support her through her journey.

Writers: María López Castaño, Aurora Gracià, Almudena Ocaña, Fernanda Eguiarte; Creator: María López Castaño based on the novels by Elísabet Benavent; Creative consultant: Elísabet Benavent; Production company: Plano a Plano

– Memorias De Idhún: On the day of the astral conjunction of three suns and moons in Idhun, Ashran the Necromancer gathered all the power and began the kingdom of terror of the winged snakes. On Earth, Jack and Victoria fight a battle for Idhun’s freedom. But the heroes still don’t know the design of a prophecy that will intertwine their fates.

Director: Maite Ruiz de Austri; Executive producers: Pilar Blasco, Alexis Barroso; Writers: Laura Gallego, Andrés Carrión; Production company: Zeppelin

New Trailer Released for Vigalondo’s Suspense Thriller “Open Windows”

It’s open (window) season for Nacho Vigalondo

A new trailer for the 37-year-old Spanish filmmaker’s latest project Open Windows has been released.

Nacho Vigalondo

Starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey, the film is being called a high tech Hitchcock project. It’s an internet age suspense thriller presented through the lens of a computer desktop.

Wood stars as Nick, a superfan who’s won a dinner with his favorite actress, Jill Goddard (Grey). When she refuses the date a mysterious third party offers Nick a chance to watch Jill secretly through her webcam, sparking a terrifying cat and mouse game.

The real-time thriller premiered in March at SXSW and was partially filmed at Austin’s annual Fantastic Fest where Vigalondo and Wood are frequent guests.

Fantastic Fest’s 2014 edition kicks off September 18 and will host the U.S. premiere of anthology threequel V/H/S Viral, for which Vigalondo directed a segment.

Cinedigm will peel back the curtain on Open Windows first on video on demand on October 2, before it hits theaters on November 7.

Vigalondo’s previous credits include Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial and The ABCs of Death.

Cinedigm Acquires U.S Distribution Rights to Vigalondo’s “Open Window”

Nacho Vigalondo’s first English-language feature film will officially hit U.S. theaters later this year…

Cinedigm has landed the U.S. distribution rights to the 36-year-old Spanish writer/director’s latest film Open Window, which stars Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey.

Nacho Vigalondo

The film, which premiered recently at SXSW in the Visions section of the film festival, features Wood portraying Nick, who wins an online contest to have dinner with the hottest actress on earth Jill (Grey).

When she cancels, he gets a call from a guy named Chord who offers to make it up to Nick by giving him the tools to spy on Jill from his computer for the rest of the night.

Then the truth begins to reveal itself, with Nick playing a part in a much bigger plan.

“Nacho is one of the most innovative and visionary filmmakers working today. And his talents are once again on full display in this high-tech, action-packed suspense film,” said Vincent Scordino, SVP Theatrical Releasing at Cinedigm.

Vigalondo received an Academy Award nomination and a Best Short Film Award nomination at the European Film Awards for his 2003 short film 7:35 de la Mañana.

He also directed the 2011 film Extraterrestial, a Spanish-language alien invasion horror film that he also wrote.

Cinedigm plans to release Open Window in late summer or early fall 2014.

Trailer Released for Mira’s Elijah Wood-Starrer “Grand Piano”

Eugenio Mira’s English-language debut is nothing short of grand

A new trailer has been released for the 36-year-old Spanish filmmaker’s Grand Piano, a thriller starring Elijah Wood as a concert pianist coerced into giving the performance of his life by an unseen sniper.

Eugenio Mira & Elijah Wood

The film, which was written by Damien Chazelle (The Last Exorcism Part II, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench), also stars John Cusack and Kerry Bishé.

Mira is an accomplished composer himself, having scored his own films Agnosia and The Birthday as well as 2007′s Timecrimes from fellow Spaniard Nacho Vigalondo.

Eugenio Mira's Grand Piano

Magnet Releasing acquired the rights to Grand Piano in September when it premiered at Austin’s Fantastic Fest.

The film will be released in theaters on March 7 release following its video on demand (VOD) debut in late January.