Leading German producer-distributor Constantin Film has joined forces with France's Galatee Films and Pathe Renn production to produce Faubourg 36 (working title), the next feature from The Chorus director Christophe Barratier.

Set in Paris in 1936, Faubourg 36 will focus on three unemployed theatre professionals - played by The Chorus stars Gerard Jugnot, Maxence Perrin and Kad Merad - who take advantage of the French general to occupy a music hall and present their own programme, not to the liking of an unscrupulous businessman. Rising French actor Clovis Cornillac (Asterix At The Olympic Games) will also star.

Principal photography for Faubourg 36, which will be produced by The Chorus's Jacques Perrin, Nicolas Mauvernay and Romain Le Grand, is set to begin in France in July.

Constantin, who sold more than 1m tickets for The Chorus on its German theatrical release, has a busy production schedule ahead this year.

Shooting has already begun in Poland on its production of Max Farberbock's Anonyma - A Woman In Berlin, with Silver Bear winner Nina Hoss (Yella) in the lead, to be followed in August by Uli Edel's Der Baader Meinhof Komplex, starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck and Johanna Wokalek, and in September by Hermine Huntgeburth's Theodor Fontane adaptation Effi, with Julia Jentsch (Sophie Scholl) in the lead.

In addition, Constantin will be serving as a co-producer with RP Productions and Ensueno Films on Roman Polanski's next historical epic Pompeii , and with Bavaria Film on Caroline Link's adaptation of Scott Campbell's novel Aftermath.