Uruguay’s Pablo Stoll, a darling of the art-pic crowd since 2001’s Rotterdam Tiger-winning 25 Watts, is prepping a zombie movie, The Summer Hit, Variety reports. The move will shock some Stoll loyalists, which is exactly what he wants.
“Set at a Uruguay beach resort, the film turns on Santi, who meets the girl of his dreams. But a teen romantic comedy morphs into a thriller, then zombie pic,” Stoll said at Ventana Sur.
For decades, beyond local comedies, Latin America has largely turned out small social-issue art-house pics, lamenting its suffering. It’s what the world’s come to expect, says the site. But a new generation of Latin American filmmakers is questioning this approach. If one trend was evident this weekend among a wash of projects brought to Ventana Sur by hundreds of producers from Latin America and beyond, it’s a surge in genre.
Stoll is completing a first draft. He will then work with Gonzalo Delgado.
Summer Hit is set up at Temperamento Films, Stoll’s new production shingle after the dissolution of Control Z, and Florencia Larrea’s Kine-Imagenes in Chile.
The teen cast will be multinational, given that Brazilians, Argentineans and Chileans also summer in Uruguay.
“Our brochure says Latin America has the right to see its own zombies,” Stoll said.