Mexican producer Pablo José Barroso is broadening the scope of his Mexico City-based Dos Corazones Films. The finance and production outfit has worked in the faith- and family-oriented genre for about a decade with such films as For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada with Andy Garcia and Oscar Isaac and 3D animated pic The Greatest Miracle. It now is adding TV series to its roster and eyeing bigger relationships with studios and international indies. Backed by increased private equity sources out of Mexico, the company will work in the English language on commercial films and TV series that are intended to carry positive messages but can have ratings anywhere from G to R as long as the values are “represented and meaningful.” Single-picture investments now will range from $10 million-$50 million with TV investments in the $5 million-$10 million range. Barroso will run the company as CEO, with producing collaborator Claudia Nemer serving as COO.
Mexico is a hotbed of box office activity for the studios and recently also has had some big local hits that have traveled including 2013’s Nosotros Los Nobles and Instructions Not Included. Those were comedies that involved family matters, but Barroso’s focus will be on family values. The first film project is animated feature Max & Me, written by Disney veteran Bruce Morris, who also helmed Greatest Miracle. Max & Me recounts the true story of Polish priest Maximilian Kolbe and the challenges he faced during the Nazi invasion of Poland in World War II. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II, who once called him “the patron saint of our difficult century.” The voice cast includes David Henrie, Ashley Greene, Neal McDonough, and Hector Elizondo.
The second project eyed is live-action Maccabees, about the Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrians, a subject that was once a focus for Mel Gibson. A first TV series, in development, The Cave, is based on near-death experiences. The plan is to make two to four films a year and one or two TV series.
“We are inspired by stories that deliver human values without sacrificing the commercial entertainment values that propel Hollywood,” Nemer says. “We are thrilled to take on this exciting new endeavor together and work creatively and collaboratively to build something very special.”