Fulwell 73 Expands into Foreign-Language Production


Fulwell 73 has aligned with the Spanish producer Elcano for Boundless, a Spanish-language drama that marks its first international co-production and its first non-English-language project.

Boundless tells the epic story of the first circumnavigation of the world by explorers Juan Sebastián Elcano and Ferdinand Magellan, who set sail from Spain over 500 years ago. It is being produced as a feature film and three-part TV series.

The film and connected series are directed by Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and star Rodrigo Santoro (Westworld) as Magellan and Álvaro Morte (Money Heist) as Elcano. Both projects are expected to be released in 2022 on Amazon Prime Video and RTVE in Spain.

Leo Pearlman, partner at Fulwell 73, said: “Fulwell 73 has been steadily building and expanding into new areas as we grow our content output, and this past year our strategy has to focus on building a high-quality scripted slate and adding more international productions that can add to our track record in groundbreaking factual and entertainment programming. Boundless is an epic tale that allows us to do what we do best: find the most creative way of bringing a story to life whatever the medium, in this case via a feature film and TV series, which I think shows our ambition and desire to bring something unique and compelling to audiences around the world.”

Heather Greenwood, senior executive at Fulwell 73, said: “Boundless is a timeless, epic tale of adventure and discovery about the first-ever journey around the world through the eyes of these two incredible explorers Juan Sebastián Elcano and Ferdinand Magellan. We’ve found a perfect partner in producer Miguel Menéndez de Zubillaga to bring this truly epic story to life both as a feature film and a TV series working with an incredible cast and crew led by director Simon West. Boundless promises big action, beautiful locations and unforgettable storytelling, and we can’t wait to bring this high-quality drama onto the big and small screens, which we think will grip audiences across the world.”

Menéndez de Zubillaga at Elcano said: “This story is the most amazing adventure in the history of navigation, which has never before been told. Thanks to the fifth centenary of this tale, we now have the perfect opportunity to tell this journey to the world. Three years full of adventures, mutinies, betrayals, death… this journey represents the first act of globalization. Working with Heather and Patrick has been such a pleasure, and we’ve been able to combine our skills from Spain and the U.K. to create the perfect co-production.”

West said: “Boundless has taken me four years of preparation followed by a year of shooting and post-production, all to bring the incredible story of Magellan and Elcano’s circumnavigation of the globe to the screen. That’s two years longer than the actual voyage. Therefore, I can easily relate to the epic task they faced. With a cast and crew of roughly the same size as our heroes’ expedition, we encountered many of the same obstacles. Traveling great distances to exotic locations, we faced extreme weather, illness and exhaustion, but thankfully not the terrible food, which probably accounts for the lack of any mutiny. As captain of the Boundless project, I hope I have given the audience a taste of the action, terror and bravery of the crew who achieved the greatest navigational feat in history.”