Marco Cherqui's Paris-basedproduction house Chic Films is teaming up with Why Not Productions on the nextproject from director Jacques Audiard, whose The Beat That MyHeart Skipped was the hit of
The film is called TheProphet. Currently putting the final touches on the script, based on anoriginal idea from writers Abdel RaoufDafri and Nicolas Teurfaillit,Audiard will start shooting in
The story of a young orphan of North African descent, thefilm traces his rise to criminal fame, aided by the Corsican mafia, as the headof
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No sales agent is yet attached to The Prophet, although Chic's Lauranne Bourrachot told Screenthat he is looking to close a deal during EFM.
Also on Chic's line up is The Third World People by Antoine Desrosieres.Shot in English and starring Kristin Scott Thomas and EdouardBaer, the film is budgeted at Euros 4.9m. Shooting should begin in
Shooting will also begin on A Fond by Frederic Jardin this summer. Afamily holiday comedy, the film is a Euros 13m co-production with Thomas Langmann's La Petite Reine.
Also drumming up interest is Black, an action comedy set in
Finally, Chic is readying a Marvin Gaye project with theworking title Sexual Healing. TheEnglish language film will take a semi-fictionalized look at the singer's lifeand, especially, the time he spent living in