Trade Breaks: Che, Legion, Emden, David

“Madrid-based production house Morena Films has taken a minority co-production stake in the $70 million two-film project centering on Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Benicio Del Toro. The first of the two films to shoot will go on location in Puerto Rico in July. Later locations will include Spain and Bolivia…” (full details)

“Bold Films is pairing with visual effects house the Orphanage to produce “Legion,” a supernatural thriller that marks the directorial debut of VFX artist Scott Stewart. Story follows a group of strangers stranded in a desert truckstop who must band together to stop an army of demonic creatures out to fulfill an ancient prophecy that opens the gates of hell. Filming begins in the fall…” (full details)

“Aragon Media International is backing the World War I drama “Emden Men,” a $27 million production based on the true story of a group of German soldiers who struggled to get from China to Berlin in 1914. The film’s title comes from the German battleship SMS Emden, which was sunk by allied forces in the South China Sea in 1914 at the beginning of WWI — only 32 of the ship’s crew survived. With no resources and just two machine guns, they made their way home, traveling 10,000 miles to reach Berlin. Shooting begins in September 2008, Berengar Pfahl (“Shanghai Baby”) will direct…” (full details)

“KanZaman has attached Katia Lund, co-director of Fernando Meirelles’ “City of God,” to direct “The Stones of David,” an $11 million Israel-Palestine contempo motherhood drama…” (full details)