Antonio Banderas is set to don
the director's hat for a third time, to direct a love story
Akil, starring his wife Melanie Griffith.
The 52-year-old actor has completed the screenplay and
will produce Akil via his Green Moon shingle, based in
Malaga, Spain, Variety reported.
Akil takes its title from the name of an African boy
who reaches Spain in a small boat. Fleeing from the police, he
takes shelter in the house of an American woman.
"This is a love story between two completely different
people -- in age, attitude, religion, wealth -- who end up
being essential to each other," Antonio Banderas said.
The boy still has to be cast, he added.
Antonio Banderas will fully-finance Akil. "My country, Spain,
is in tremendous financial crisis. It's very difficult to
obtain funds to make a movie. I have conceived Akil so as
not to depend on third-party funding," Antonio Banderas said.
The film's shoot dates will depend on Antonio Banderas' other
commitments in 2013. He has earlier directed Crazy in
Alabama and Summer Rain.
Banderas will produce and star in the sci-fier
Automata, helmed by Spain's Gabe Ibanez. Green Moon produces
with Avi Lerner's Millennium Films. Automata rolls April 29
at Nu Image's Nu Boyana Film Studios in Bulgaria.
Banderas may also take a role in Mike Medavoy-produced
The 33. Helmed by Mexico's Patricia Riggen, it is inspired
by the true story of the 33 trapped Chilean miners.