Announcements for EuropaCorp, Wild Bunch and Le Pacte
by Fabien Lemercier
- CANNES 2015: The Cannes Film Market has got off to a flying start with the first pre-sales of Valérian by Luc Besson
EuropaCorp is launching pre-sales for its English-language science-fiction production Valérian by Luc Besson, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne. This adaptation of the iconic comic book created in 1967 by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières will recount the misfortunes of two agents from the spatio-temporal service tasked with defending the Earth in the 28th century, and will commence production in December. Also of note on EuropaCorp’s slate is the project Twice by Jean-François Richet, an English-language thriller (with a screenplay by Luc Besson, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt), in which a woman finds out that her husband owns an actual arsenal of weapons – after 20 years of marriage.
Jean-François Richet is taking a good deal of the limelight, as Wild Bunch (read the news on its line-up) has revealed that his film Blood Father, another English-language movie currently in post-production and toplined by Mel Gibson (produced by Paris-based outfit Why Not), has been pre-purchased for over 50 territories.
Le Pacte (read the line-up news) will be selling and is co-producing Catch the Moon by Palestinian director Sameh Zoabi, a comedy set in the Gaza Strip, in which a father and son are trying to get a car into the territory despite the Israeli blockade. British firm Sixteen Films is handling the production, which can also count German outfit Pandora and Egypt among its partners.
(Translated from French)