Nicholas T. Proferes’ a.ka.a Handsome Harry and winner of the LAGFF (Los Angeles Greek Film Festival) 2008 scriptwriting competition for “ROMERO, JULIETA AND THE GENERAL” has secured a development deal with Human Revolution.
Phedon Papamichael (Director Arcadia Lost, Cinematographer 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line, and the upcoming The Descendents) is on board to direct. The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in the Spring of 2011 with the majority of filming to be shot on the island of Crete. Stratton Leopold (Mission: Impossible III, Wolfman) will executive produce along with Angeliki Giannakopoulos (Human Revolution Entertainment). Freddy Vianelli (Modiano) and Stamatis Athanasoulas (Top Cut) will co-produce.
“I am grateful to the LAGFF team for the opportunity – not only to have my script chosen by some of the film industry’s most respected professionals, but to have it honored with a production” Nicholas Proferes stated.
“Romero, Julieta and the General” was selected from over 70 scripts that were submitted by Greek writers from around the world and reviewed by jury members that included Leopold, Kary Antholis (HBO, President of Miniseries), and Christina Lazaridi (Columbia Film School professor).
“I wanted to have my next film be a comedy and when I read Romero,Julieta and The General – it was such a refreshing and imaginative script rich with humor that would translate across all cultures – I said yes immediately” said Papamichael. “I also look forward to returning to shoot in Greece as my experience with filming Arcadia Lost there was such a positive one.” Greece is becoming one of the best places to shoot in Europe right now, can’t beat locations like that!”
“Our goal is to cast the majority of roles locally and of course crew,” said Angeliki Giannakopoulos. “As for the key roles, we are in discussions with some of the top names in Hollywood.”
“We are pleased to be associated with this Greek-American co-production and delighted to produce the film in Greece and be able to showcase the quality production and cast that the country has to offer. We are meeting with potential production partners in Greece and plan to announce those partners and cast within the next few months ” added Freddy Vianellis
Proferes’ romantic comedy follows a young Greek-American filmmaker, Romero, who goes to Greece to settle a long-standing family dispute. In the process he discovers a manuscript that he just has to make into a film! He knows the film could win an Oscar one day … IF his mother, his sister, his brother-in-law, his aunts, the village priest, the old General who wrote the manuscript, the General’s beautiful granddaughter, Julieta, the village’s Handsome Devil, the Shepherd, and even the town’s plumber can just leave him alone…long enough to shoot it.