April 7, 2000

New Line Preps Latino Pix

By Charles Lyons

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Bolstering its commitment to Latino-themed films, New Line is developing two projects with `'Selena'' director Gregory Nava.

His El Norte Prods., which has a first-look deal with New Line, is working on "Border-town," which Nava is writing, and "New Mexico," with Mark and Mike Polish ("Twin Falls, Idaho") attached to write.

Nava is in talks with Jennifer Lopez (`'Selena'') to star in `'Bordertown.'' Nava also hopes to direct ``New Mexico.''

"Bordertown" is a thriller in which a female journalist investigates a string of murders near the American-owned factories on the Juarez/El Paso border. As she discovers hundreds of victims, she gains the trust of local factory workers but falls into danger.

"New Mexico" is a musically driven true story about a family of renowned guitar makers in East Los Angeles; when the father dies, each son leaves the business to pursue his own dream. Ultimately, the young men discover that they actually had everything they ever wanted when they were making guitars.

Nava is also developing a family drama for CBS Television entitled "American Family." The project, which will star Edward James Olmos and Esai Morales, revolves around a multi-generational Latino family living in LA.

He was nominated in 1984 for an Academy Award for his original screenplay "El Norte." His writing and directing credits include "Mi Familia/My Family" starring Olmos, Lopez, Jimmy Smits, Constance Marie and Jacob Vargas; "Selena"; and "Why Do Fools Fall in Love."

New Line's Smits-starrer, "Price of Glory," is now playing nationwide.

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