SANTIAGO – Amazon Studios has partnered with local Fabula to produce an action trilogy in Chile. The films will center on a Mapuche woman who uncovers a corporate conspiracy. Produced by the Larraín brothers, the movie will be helmed by Alexander Witt, a Chilean director known for his involvement in several blockbusters.
Amazon studios is working with Chilean production company Fabula to create an action movie trilogy set and filmed in Chile. Titled “Sayen,” it will revolve around a Mapuche woman who discovers a corporate conspiracy to destroy several ecosystems in Latin America.
This is the latest project attached to Amazon Studios, which has already produced and distributed several films and TV shows with the aid of local production companies. This influx of audiovisual content has been attributed to Javiera Balmaceda, Amazon’s Head of Local Originals for Spanish-speaking Latin America.
The “Sayen” trilogy will be executive-produced by the Larraín brothers, Pablo and Juan de Dios, as well as Rocío Jadue. All three were involved in the Oscar-winning “A Fantastic Woman,” as well as several other Oscar-nominated films.
Directing the film is Alexander Witt, a Chilean-American cinematographer who has had an extensive career in Hollywood and worked on several blockbusters, including “Gladiator,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and the latest James Bond films. Witt said “Sayen” “is a love letter to Chile, it encompasses universal themes, with a female lead in a genre that is my specialty, and to make a trilogy – these are all the reasons that lead me to involve myself in this project.”
The project is still in pre-production with Fabula on the look-out for a leading actress, including via open casting call on social media.
Amazon Studios in Chile
The streaming giant’s production company, Amazon Studios, has completed numerous projects in Chile, thanks in part to Balmaceda.
Amazon Studios’ first project was the 2020 TV show, “El Presidente,” the story of Sergio Jadue, the head of a small Chilean soccer team who gets involved in the 2015 FIFA corruption scandal. During an online conference that same year, Balmaceda said “[El Presidente] was the success we had hoped for.”
Since then, she has had a hand in Amazon original and exclusive films like, “Jailbreak Pact” (Pacto de Fuga) and “My Tender Matador” (original title: “Tengo Miedo Torero”), as well as original TV shows like “La Jauria” and “Dignidad.”
Recently, Amazon Studios announced a second season of “El Presidente” and “Isabel,” a series about the life of writer Isabel Allende.
Diego Rivera is currently a senior in University, finishing up his audiovisual degree. You can find him on Twitter as @Piover45.