The worldwide manufacturing, co-written and directed by Oscar winner Alejandro Amenabar (“The Sea Inside”), follows rookie Spanish diplomat Alex Ventura (Alvaro Mel) and his fiery civil-servant ally, Lucia Vallarts (Ana Polvorosa), as they lock horns with maverick underwater explorer Frank Wild (Tucci). He’s recovered an estimated $500 million price of gold cash close to Gibraltar from a Spanish galleon sunk by the British Navy in 1804 and introduced it again to Atlanta — refusing to return it to Spain, which considers itself the bounty’s rightful territorial proprietor.
Alex and Lucia flip to internationally acclaimed maritime legislation legal professional Jonas Pierce (Peters) to face off in courtroom with Wild on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Tradition. But it surely’s tough; Pierce and Wild had been greatest buddies and treasure hunters of their youthful days together with Pierce’s brother — whose loss of life on one among their expeditions drove a wedge between the 2 males.
“I like their historical past very a lot,” Peters, 69, advised The Publish. “I just like the sense of journey that youngsters have and the need to discover and discover treasure. I believe that’s one thing that goes together with youth.
“The unlucky demise of [Pierce’s] brother set him on a totally completely different course and we’ll by no means know what actually did occur,” he stated. “Did his brother go in headstrong, go in by himself or was he coerced? Is Jonas flawed in judging Frank as harshly as he’s? “I believe he’s obtained a fairly good concept of who he’s coping with after we see the sport Frank is enjoying with a purpose to maintain on to the treasure.”
Pierce’s emotions towards Frank are apparent: he calls him a “pirate” and states emphatically that “No civilized nation would ever negotiate with a person like Frank Wild.”
“He’s principled and dog-eared and each of these traits hooked me,” Peters stated of Pierce. “Seeing the scripts, I obtained sense of what his morals had been — not too removed from my very own — and it was a simple acceptance and a straightforward marriage.”
“La Fortuna,” tailored from the graphic novel “El tesoro del Cisne Negro” (“The Treasure of the Black Swan”), and shot totally on location together with Madrid, Cadiz and Zaragoza, consists of flashback scenes to 1804 exhibiting how the fleet of 4 ships, together with the titular galleon, had been attacked en path to Spain from America whereas transporting the gold cash — triggering the Anglo-Spanish Struggle (1804-09).
“The booty that was discovered [by Wild] was really a part of their tradition heritage — as Alex says [about La Fortuna], they weren’t simply standing on the bridge of the ship tossing gold cash into the ocean for his or her amusement,” Peters stated. “The British attacked them and it did change the connection of Europe to itself for many years.
“It’s like what Jonas says, that the distinction between Frank and Indiana Jones is that Indiana Jones took treasure and returned it to the museum, the place Frank simply desires to hoard it and put it in his pocket,” he stated. “I believe that’s a really legitimate argument for Jonas to pursue — to verify the treasure is returned to the place it’s alleged to be.”