Entertainment announced that British director Michael Radford is no longer
attached to direct the upcoming award-driven historical drama. The split was
amicable between producers and director and was based on script
screenplay, penned by Bobby Moresco, who won an Oscar, a BAFTA and numerous
other awards with Paul Haggis for co-writing Crash in 2005 and Cuban playwright
Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics), is
based on the true coming-of-age story of Fidel Castro’s exiled daughter,
Alina Fernandez, who was born from a 1950s extra-marital love affair Castro had
with Cuban socialite, Natalia “Naty” Revuelta, prior to taking power.
relationship with Castro was kept secret until she was ten years old when she
found out that the man who would regularly bring her gifts during the odd hours
of the night and whom she saw on the television screen giving speeches to the
masses for hours on end, was her father.
escaped Cuba in 1993, after becoming a dissident torn by the desire for a better life, and by the political climate in Cuba at the time.
Fernandez¹s mother is said to have been a driving force that helped put Castro
in power for nearly half a century; having sold her jewelry and emptied her
bank account to help fund his army during his first failed attempt at taking
from the perspective of the daughter who overcomes the everlasting effects of
her birth as she comes to grips with the issue of her father through her own
self-liberation, the film will
parts of Fernandez’s childhood and her escape, which weren’t detailed in her
book and which have yet to be told on film.
The project is being produced and co-financed by Mankind Entertainment’s John Torres Martinez and Joe Lamy, who acquired the rights and have developed the project. The
script was recently revised based on notes from the major studio system and
has earned the attention of several major studio distributors. “We’ve taken the
pains to knock on doors ourselves and have taken a series of meetings with
acquisitions executives at studios like Fox, Universal, The Weinstein Co and
Sony over the last two years.”
Entertainment is an entity formed for the development, packaging and production
of feature films. The company was formed by Austin-based producers John Torres
Martinez, and Joe Lamy, and focuses primarily on the
financing, development and production of award-driven, specialty films.
is working on the upcoming adaptation of Anna
in the Tropics which is written by Nilo Cruz, with Academy award nominee,
Lee Daniels having developed it.
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