Laugh along with Depardieu-Reno
by Fabien Lemercier
22/10/2003 - Ruby and Quentin by Francis Veber, the French large scale production starring the dynamite couple Gérard Depardieu/Jean Reno is being released in French cinemas from today in a combination of 550 prints. It has a budget of €27.44 million, making it the second biggest domestic production of the year, and it’s showing at the box office will be a crucial factor in the 2003 audience figures.
The blockbuster is directed by the box office maestro, the director Francis Veber. His last film, The Closet, had an audience of 8 million in France and 3.2 million abroad. And this is just one of the many successes he’s enjoyed in a triumphant career, starting with his first feature length film The Toy in 1976, The Dinner Game in 1998 (registering an audience of 9 million in France) and the trilogy starring Pierre Richard and Gérard Depardieu (The Goat, ComDads, Les Fugitifs). All this goes to show that this filmmaker-screenwriter, the master of comedy, has more than proved himself at the box office.
Jean Reno and Gérard Depardieu are believed to have been paid around €2 million (rights included) for Ruby and Quentin, which co-stars André Dussolier and Richard Berry.
It is produced by UGC Images (€11.7 million) and the Italian company Filmauro (€2.7 million), TF1 Productions and Francis Veber’s company (EFVE) and Gérard Depardieu (DD productions). The film has been bought by Canal + for €6.2 million and will also be released in Belgium and Italy from October 31.
(Translated from French)