A follow-up to Wim Wenders’ 1999 documentary about the Cuban music scene, Buena Vista Social Club, is in the works with Lucy Walker (pictured) attached to direct.
Produced by Los Angeles-based Broad Green Pictures, Buena Vista Social Club – Adios will look back on the years since the Oscar-nominated doc’s release while following the titular ensemble’s five original members on their final world tour, culminating with a homecoming show in Havana.
The doc will also parallel the Buena Vista Social Club’s career with the political changes in the country’s leadership as well as the cooling of diplomatic tensions between Cuba and the United States to “cement the enduring legacy of the band, the musicians and the music at the end of an era,” producers said in a statement.
Broad Green is financing and leading production on Buena Vista Social Club – Adios alongside Blink TV and Convergent Media. Production will begin in July and a theatrical release is planned for 2016. Christine Cowin and Zak Kilberg are producing.
Mister Smith Entertainment will begin selling the film to international buyers during the Cannes Film Festival. Broad Green, which has the worldwide rights, will handle U.S. distribution.
“The original Buena Vista Social Club movie introduced the world to a group of fantastically charming and talented musicians who have inspired the world with their stories, hearts and music,” Walker said in a statement. “Those are big shoes to fill and I am honored to follow in the footsteps of such a beloved, popular movie about such beloved, popular artists, and it’s especially fascinating during this important moment in Cuban history.”
Walker’s doc credits include The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Waste Land and The Crash Reel.
In February, Broad Green acquired a 45% stake in three-year-old distributor Mister Entertainment. The two companies will kick off the partnership at Cannes with Buena Vista Social Club — Adios as their first project.