EXCLUSIVE: Chatrone LLC has optioned both film and television rights to the Mexican novel, Death Of Artemio Cruz by the late Carlos Fuentes. Chatrone partners Carina Schulze and Aaron D. Berger will developing for both feature and TV treatments. The novel is considered Fuentes’ masterpiece and was at the center of the Latin “Boom” movement in the world of literature in the late 80s. The novel is essentially a deathbed confession by the title character as he looks back on his corrupt and sordid life and how he evolved from idealistic revolutionary to successful businessman and exploiter of the people and the ideals he once fought for. The book won the Cervantes Prize in 1987.
“Artemio’s story is compelling because it embodies the history and struggles of Latin America,” says Chatrone’s Carina Schulze. “We are pleased to obtain the opportunity to bring the story to the big screen and other media, and we have high expectations for the project as it unfolds.” Schulze and Berger are currently producing the animated feature, Day Of The Dead. It’s directed by Jorge Gutierrez who co-wrote the screenplay with Doug Langdale. Chatrone is partnered on the project with ReelFX and Guillermo Del Toro.
Chatrone is based in Los Angeles, with offices in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and was established to serve as a bridge between the US and Latin American markets.