Antonio Banderas to Write, Direct and Star in a Boabdil Biopic

February 25, 2010
Source: ScreenDaily

King Boabdil

You may not know Boabdil (Abu Abdullah Muhammad XII - seen above), the last Muslim ruler of Granada, Spain, but hopefully you still remember Antonio Banderas despite a not-so-fresh career these past few years aside from his work in the Shrek franchise. However, with an upcoming appearance in both Woody Allen and Steven Soderbegh's next films, Banderas' future is looking up and now ScreenDaily reports (via The Playlist) that he will produce, write and direct a biopic on Boabdil. Banderas has also given himself a decent supporting role in this as General Gonzalo de Cordoba, who captured the kingdom for the Christians.

Banderas isn't writing alone, however, as he'll be collaborating with Antonio Soler who wrote the second film on Banderas' directing resume, Summer Rain, and made a documentary about Banderas, too. Despite its foreign setting and characters, the film, which isn't even shooting until 2012, will be done completely in English. However, Banderas hasn't found financing yet, and since his track record as a director isn't all that great with his only other feature being 1999's Crazy in Alabama starring his wife Melanie Griffith. Since production is a long ways off, it might be awhile before we hear anything more about this, but stay tuned.

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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments


I cant see this turning out very good, hopefully I'll be surprised

Scott McHenry on Feb 25, 2010


i liked banderas character in "the other man". i'm not sure about this film only because he'll be doing the writing and directing as well as being the lead? seems like a lot to have on his plate.......we'll see.

beavis on Feb 25, 2010


Unless Boabdil is looking for a man who calls himself "Bucho" I cant see Antonio reviving his catatonic career with a movie like this.

Voice of Reason on Feb 26, 2010


the subject matter is interesting enough alone, I would like to see this happen.

RachelReplicant on Feb 27, 2010


I've read a few books about Boabdil, and he did have a very violent and exciting life, ideal for making a movie about it.

DEZMOND on Feb 28, 2010


I am really hoping this comes to fruition. I am a tour director who travels to Spain and I think this is a great subject for a movie,and that Banderas starring in it could get Americans interested in the subject.  

Bekeenee on May 20, 2011

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