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MAYA ENTERTAINMENT PLOTS 'HIT' WITH "PREPARATION FOR A MURDER"
Nov 17, 2008
Angeles, CA (Nov. 17, 2008) - Hot on the heels of announcing two
original productions: AMERICAN
TRAGIC starring "Ugly Betty" star America Ferrera and
Maya Entertainment, a vertically integrated, entertainment company targeting
the growing U.S. Latino market, today announced that it will produce and
distribute urban thriller PREPARATION
FOR A MURDER, written by "The Robinson Brothers:"
Jonathan and R.M. Robinson, who will also direct the film.
"The Robinson Brothers have written a compelling thriller that has the
kind of cross-cultural appeal that will resonate with audiences," remarked
Moctesuma Esparza, who founded Maya and co-chairs with Jeff Valdez. "We
are excited to be working with them to bring their vision to the big
PREPARATION FOR A MURDER
marks the first feature film for the duo that has directed numerous shorts,
which premiered on the IFC channel. Luis Guerrero and Chris Lemos of Vital
Pictures will produce PREPARATION
FOR A MURDER along with Sandra Avila, development executive at
Maya Entertainment, who will oversee production on behalf of Maya.
"We are convinced that the Robinson Brothers' juxtaposition of urban grit
with ethereal beauty present the perfect mix for this morality tale," said
"We are honored to be working together with Maya Entertainment and Vital
Pictures to bring to life this visually compelling urban thriller," added
PREPARATION FOR A MURDER
is a gritty urban thriller that details the events that take place in one
night, as two young men embark on a "hit" without realizing the
repercussions that come with it.
"We're thrilled to be working with Maya Entertainment to bring the
Robinson Brothers' vivid story and vibrant visual style to the big
screen," commented Lemos.
Casting is currently underway with production expected to begin in April '09.
About Maya Entertainment
Maya Entertainment, headed by award winning producer Moctesuma Esparza and
co-chaired by Jeff Valdez, is the only Latino owned and managed filmed
entertainment company specifically focused on the growing U.S. Latino
film-going audience. Maya Entertainment will release 8 to 10 films theatrically
and 24 straight-to-DVD releases a year. Maya Entertainment is the sister company
of Maya Cinemas North America, Inc. a movie theater exhibition company
featuring state-of-the-art multiplex cinemas with a site in Salinas, CA and new
sites soon to be opened in Bakersfield, CA, Fresno, CA, Santa Fe, NM, Chicago,
IL, San Antonio, TX, Houston, TX, New York and more.
About The Robinson
Baltimore Indie filmmakers, The Robinson Brothers (Jonathan and R.M.
Robinson) are one of the few filmmakers that write, direct, edit, and score
their own films. Since 2004, they have done numerous short films including,
VESTIGE, which won top prize at a local film competition, CINEMA LOUNGE, BATTLE
OF THE FILMS and UNSCRIPTED, which was featured in IFC's Media Lab in 2007.
About Vital Pictures
Vital Pictures is an independent film and television production founded by Luis
Guerrero and Chris Lemos. They recently exec-produced ARMORED, which will
be released next September by Screen Gems. Directed by Nimrod Antal
(VACANCY), the action-thriller stars Matt Dillon, Columbus Short, Laurence
Fishburne, Jean Reno, and Skeet Ulrich. Vital aims to make interesting,
thought-provoking, and entertaining films and television shows both inside and
outside of the studio system.
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