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