SAN SEBASTIAN – Fabula, one of Latin America’s high-profile producers, run by “Jackie” director Pablo Larraín and producer Juan de Dios Larraín, has set up a U.S. company to make English-language movies by its filmmakers from Latin America and Europe.
News of the move comes two months before Fabula, to date based just out of Santiago, Chile, goes into production on its first full-on U.S. project, a remake of Sebastián Lelio’s “Gloria,” starring Julianne Moore and directed by Lelio himself. Pre-production and production on “Gloria” will be carried out in the U.S., and post-production in Santiago, Pablo Larrain told Variety from Chile. Juan de Dios Larraín has relocated to Los Angeles to head up the new production company, called Fabula, whose offices open Monday.
The U.S production base is a milestone for one of Latin America’s most admired production companies, whose marquee directors Larraín and Lelio have already crossed into U.S. filmmaking. It is Participant Media’s most regular production partner in the region, with Jeff Skoll’s company backing or co-producing Fabula titles such as Gael Garcia Bernal-starrer “No” (Participant’s first move into foreign-language production) and “Neruda,” both directed by Pablo Larraín, and Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman,” one of the most talked-up titles at this year’s Berlinale. Fabula is one of the only companies in Latin America whose major movies consistently go on to seven-figure box office receipts, in dollar terms, in key international markets.