Huth, whose recent hits include Hell Phone and Brice De Nice, will re-team with his Brice star Jean Dujardin for a Euros 25m take on Lucky Luke. The action-comedy adaptation will be very faithful to the comic book, says UGC's Said Ben Said, and will begin shooting in Argentina this summer. Elements of the film, produced by Yves Marmion's UGC YM, will be available at the EFM.
From Techine comes The Girl On The Train. Based on the true story of a young girl who stunned France when she falsely claimed to be the target of an Anti-Semitic attack, the film stars Emilie Dequenne, Catherine Deneuve and Michel Blanc. Produced by Ben Said's UGC-based SBS Films, the drama begins shooting in May on a Euros 7m budget.
Schroeder revisits his Oscar-winning 1990 film Reversal Of Fortune with companion film A Very Simple Crime. Fortune writer Nicholas Kazan is handling screenplay duties on the thriller set around a courtroom trial. Adrien Brody is currently circling the project which will shoot in English this autumn. The film is also produced by SBS.
Another new project is A.O., a love story set in prehistoric times. Jacques Malaterre, whose TV documentary Homo Sapiens captured more than 120 million viewers worldwide, makes his feature directing debut with the Euros 15m UGC YM production.
Finally, UGC will also show images from Schroeder's Inju, The Beast In The Shadow starring Benoit Magimel and Pascal Bonitzer's The Great Alibi starring Caterina Murino, Lambert Wilson, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Miou-Miou, Anne Consigny and Pierre Arditi. The former is a Basic Instinct-style thriller which was shot in Kyoto while the latter is an Agatha Christie adaptation. Both films are produced by SBS.