Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has acquired US and Latin American rights to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs from Paris-based TF1 International.
Micmacs will screen as a gala presentation in Toronto on September 15 and stars Dany Boon as a video store clerk with a bullet in his brain who hatches a plot to take down the company that manufactured the bullet. Andre Dussollier, Julie Ferrier, Nicolas Marie, Dominique Pinon and Yolande Moreau round out the key cast.
Jeunet co-wrote the screenplay with Guillaume Laurant and produced through his Tapioca Films alongside Frederic Brillion and Gilles Legrand of Epithete Films in co-production with Warner Bros France, who will release in France on October 28.
TF1 International screened seven minutes of footage in Cannes. SPC will release in the US in 2010 and previously collaborated with Jeunet on The City Of Lost Children.
“Just by looking at the storyboards and screenplay you know Micmacs is a timely story with the highest quality of invention that could only come from the mind of Jean-Pierre Jeunet,” SPC said in a statement.
“We are very excited to work again with SPC,” TF1 said. “Their passion for independent movies and their high professionalism will definitely lead Micmacs to a commercial success in 2010.”
Jeunet said SPC was “the perfect partner to help this film find an audience in the US.”