Director Woody Allen has signed on to make three movies in Spain with producer-distributor Mediapro and Gravier productions.
It’s not his first film in Spain: romantic comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona was shot there last year and is scheduled for North American release this fall.
It stars Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. The three films will shoot over 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Mediapro also produced Isabel Coixet’s ‘The Secret Life of Words’, Agustin Almodovar’s ‘El Deseo’ and Oliver Stone’s ‘Comandante’.
In a recent interview, Allen said he sometimes has difficulty getting backers in part because he wants to have complete creative control.
‘The way I work I don’t let anybody see a script. No one has anything to say about casting; I have complete control of everything’, he said.
However, Woody Allen fears Scarlett Johansson will ruin her promising acting career by indulging in the party lifestyle, advising her to take inspiration from Meryl Streep instead.
‘I don’t want to read about her in the paper with this boyfriend or that boyfriend, or in rehab or taking pills. I don’t think she’s always made great choices. She has to take her acting seriously… the way someone like Meryl Streep did it’.
But Allen is terrified she will destroy her chances of major success if she goes the same way as other young actresses and gets involved with the movie industry’s infamous party scene.