The presentation of Pop Corn -- the multimedia project orchestrated by Spanish movie director Juanma Bajo Ulloa and Luis Ramirez, artistic producer of musicals such as Grease and Man of La Mancha -- took place Sept. 28 during a press conference at the Lope de Vega Theater.
Pop Corn , which has earned many awards internationally, is based on the novel of the same name, by Ben Elton. The work tackles the issue of film violence and its effect on people. Bruce Delamatri, a Tarantino-type director, returns triumphant from the Oscars only to have his celebration spoiled when he and his family and friends are held hostage at gunpoint by his biggest fans, the notorious "mall murderers," who hatch a televisual plot for shirking responsibility of their crimes.
The Spanish Pop Corn is not only a theatre play but a grand, multi faceted spectacle that embraces various audio-visual aspects. The main axis of this project is the theatrical show, which will be performed in cinemas due to technical necessities. In addition to the play, Pop Corn will take the following forms:
--The Documentary: A film will examine the origins of the project.
--The Recording: The stage show relies on an original soundtrack that will be released by Pigmalion Records, a music label specializing in showtunes. Julian Ruiz will produce. The first single, which was also presented Sept. 28 in the Lope de Vega Theater, has the same name as the project, "Pop Corn," and was composed by "Bruce Wayne." Other songs on the album will be recorded by such international musical groups as U2. --The Book: The theatrical text will include information about the creation process behind Popcorn .
--The Website: Pop Corn on the net will be an interactive website where one may debate and criticize the production, as well as select or propose different endings to the show. The address is http://www.popcorn-es.com
--Debates: Various events featuring specialists, philosophy professors and the like have been scheduled.
--The Movie: The cinematographic adaptation of the novel, under the title Pop Korn, will be directed by Juanma Bajo Ulloa.
--By Carlos Lorenzo
and Terri Paddock