French director Philippe Muyl is heading to China for a Mandarin-language feature inspired by his 2002 film The Butterfly (Le Papillon), which was a huge hit with Chinese audiences

The new film, Nightingale, is a re-working of the France-set original, about an old man who takes an eight-year-old girl on abutterfly hunt, to fit contemporary China.

Produced by Paris-based Araprod and Beijing-based Envision Films, Nightingale is the second official co-production between China and France since the signing of a coproduction treaty between the two countries in 2010.

“We hope it will pave the way for many more such productions,” said Envision producer Steve René.

On Nightingale, China is a majority partner on the €2 million production, the financing of which is split 80:20.