Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, 1990

Pedro Almodovar is one of the most prolific directors alive. Over the course of his nearly 40-year career, the Spanish auteur has directed more than 30 films, including modern classics like Volver (2006), Bad Education (2004), and, most recently, The Skin I Live In (2011). These films, like much of Almodovar’s recent work, are rooted firmly within the genre of psychological drama, though the director actually began his career with (comparatively) lighter comedies like Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1987), and 1990′s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!. Now, it appears the director has decided to return to his comedic roots, with a new film titled I’m So Excited.

Last week, Sony Pictures announced that it has acquired the North American rights for Excited, which it describes as “an ensemble comedy.” The film’s cast, as you’d expect, features many Almodovar regulars, including Javier Cámara, Cecilia Roth, and Lola Dueñas, though the names most likely to resonate with US audiences are Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, and Paz Vega — all of whom are slated to make “special collaborations” on the film.

It’s not yet clear what these “collaborations” will entail, though the director’s selection should come as no great surprise, since all three have connections to Almodovar’s universe. Vega collaborated with the director on 2002′s Talk to Her, while Cruz has starred in a variety of Almodovar productions, including Broken Embraces (2009) and All About My Mother (1999). Banderas’ history stretches back even further, dating back to Law of DesireWomen on the Verge, and, of course, Tie Me Up!, in which a young Banderas plays the unforgettable role of Ricky —  a slightly deranged, but ultimately kindhearted orphan who relentlessly pursues (and kidnaps) the object of his desire.

Production on I’m So Excited is scheduled to begin in July, with theatrical release slated for next summer.

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! is available for streaming on Netflix.

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