Last night, news broke that our very own Umberto Gonzalez, aka El Mayimbe, was set to make his directorial debut. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, and it’s with great pleasure that we here at Latino-Review share with you what our boy has been up to.
Gonzalez wrote a script for a film called Breakneck, and he’s been hard at work putting all the pieces together to get it made. This announcement now confirms that he’s put together a deal with Vetted Media, who are going to finance and produce the film with Mayimbe, himself, at the helm. The men behind Vetted Media happen to be Jeff Forsyth and Daniel Alter. If Alter sounds familiar it’s because he’s the producer of Hitman (and the upcoming reboot Agent 47), a trusted voice on Twitter, and he also happens to be Mayimbe’s co-host for those epic “Kings of Con” bashes that go along with SDCC- which was just ranked one of the top Con parties to attend.
Breakneck will be an action-thriller based right here in our home turf of New York. The story follows “a New York City Bodega Clerk who must go on the run from both the cops and a Private Military Contractor for murders he didn’t commit.” (Synopsis Courtesy of the Film’s Official Facebook Page)
The film will be distributed digitally, in episodic form, following the Netflix model of unleashing all the episodes at once. Producer Alter commented on one of his goals with the series, which is slated to be a signature series for the company, “One of the big verticals we really want to go after is the English-language Latino space. We felt that this is perfect for a digital platform because it’s this fast-paced action-thriller.”
On behalf of the LR team, I’d just like to congratulate El Mayimbe:
We know what this project has meant to you, what your ultimate goals are, and why you’ve pushed yourself to work so hard to build up your name in this industry of ours. You’re making big moves here, and soon- I suppose- there’ll be people writing scoops about your projects. Hmm…