Despicable Me” producer joins “Foosball” team

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"Metegol" (Foosball)

Mete­gol” (Foosball)

Span­ish ani­ma­tor Ser­gio Pab­los, an exec­u­tive pro­ducer on last year’s Uni­ver­sal Pictures-Illumination Enter­tain­ment fea­ture film Despi­ca­ble Me, is now an ani­ma­tion super­vi­sor on the 3D movie Mete­gol (Foos­ball).

Based on a story by late Argen­tinean writer-illustrator Roberto Fonta­nar­rosa, the movie shows how foos­ball game fig­ures come to life, help­ing an under­dog to score against a soc­cer star, thus sav­ing their village.

The direc­tor is Argentina’s Juan Jose Cam­panella (The Secret in Their Eyes). His pro­duc­tion com­pany, 100 Bares, is work­ing with Cat­mandu Branded Enter­tain­ment, both based in Buenos Aires. Also involved are Madrid-based pro­duc­tion com­pany Plural-Jempsa and Spain’s Antena 3 Films.

Foos­ball is bud­geted at about $9.8 mil­lion, and is sched­uled for release in 2012.

Cam­panella is direct­ing and co-writing with Gas­ton Gorali, Eduardo Sacheri and Axel Kuschevatzky.

Antena 3 Films is the movie pro­duc­tion arm of net­work Antena 3. Spain’s gen­eral audio­vi­sual law requires the broad­caster to invest 3% of its annual TV rev­enues in local film.

[Via Vari­ety http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118035832]

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