Michael Gentile, producer ofCritics' Week title Calvaire, hasannounced new projects from his companyThe Film. In Cannes, Gentile signed a deal for the rights to Maurice Leblanc's
Also in the works is NikolaiGalizeine's Englilsh language La Nuit DeL'Apocalypse about the French town of Pont St Esprit which suffered a masspoisoning in 1951 due to some dodgy bread.
Gentile will partner withEugenie Grandval's Mr Smith, a company the former Crossroads and October exechas set up in Paris. Together they will produce Code 71, a part fiction, part documentary about a politicalconspiracy that led to the untimely deaths of some of rock's legendarymusicians. The film will shoot next year on a Euros 5m or 6m budget.