During his acceptance speech as French producer of the year, Alain Goldman confirmed that he will be producing a third instalment in the successful Crimson Rivers franchise, to be directed by Florent Emilio Siri who is currently working on Bruce Willis vehicle Hostage.
Goldman will also produce an adaptation of 2000 best-seller Frederic Beigbeder's 99 Francs and another Jean-Christophe Grange (Crimson Rivers) novel, The Birdwatcher.
The International Forum of Cinema and Literature and the concurrent International Literary Adaptation Market named Goldman producer of the year at the weekend.
Other winners included screenwriter Gilles Taurand who picked up a prize for his body of work. Yann Moix won the prize for best film adapted from a book for his smash hit Podium.
The forum is a relatively new affair - this was its third instalment - started by Claire Breuvart as an opportunity to reward the oft-ignored adaptation writer while also creating France's only film-skewed book fair. French publishers as well as literary agents, authors, lawyers and development executives from Europe and the US made the trip to Monte Carlo for the 4-day event.
Although it appears no deals were finalised during the four days, Spanish literary agent Anna Soler-Pont told ScreenDaily.com that interest was high for two novels she is pitching.
She said that reps from Paramount and others were circling international romantic comedy Madrid, Madrid by Brit Tim Parfitt which has yet to be published and a biography of Anita Delgado, the famed Maharani Of Kapurthala, which Soler-Pont likens to "Out Of Africa with Spain and India instead of Denmark and Kenya."