In the United States, we’re so used to our own franchises it’s easy to forget that other countries have their own too. One example are the Torrente films in Spain. Created and portrayed by Spanish comedian Santiago Segura, the Torrente films follow an overweight, racist, corrupt cop who gets fired from the force but still patrols the streets. Three incredibly successful films have already been released, a fourth one will be out next year and there are even video games starring the gross-out character. He’s the Spanish Bad Lieutenant meets Austin Powers.

New Line Cinema owns the rights to the character and are currently developing an American remake. While nothing is set in stone, the Los Angeles Times reports that Sacha Baron Cohen has taken several meetings about the role and is considering it as his next starring vehicle after he completes The Dictator next year. Read more after the break. Read More »