French super-mini Wild Bunch has boarded its second English-language picture The Red Siren (La Sirene Rouge) by rising French filmmaker Olivier Megaton Fontana, a director rated by compatriot Luc Besson as one of the hottest emerging talents in Europe.
Megaton's film is a road movie thriller with a heavy accent on action sequences and stars Jean-Marc Barr. Wild Bunch has already scored a notable pre-sale on the picture, striking an early deal for Japanese rights to Comstock.
The Red Siren is being produced by Carole Scotta and Caroline Benjo's Haut Et Court and San Fu Maltha's Fu Works. The film, which boasts a FF50m budget, will shoot later this spring in France, Portugal and The Netherlands. The screenplay is by Megaton, Norman Spinrad and Rob Conrath adapted from a novel by Maurice Dantec.
Other recent additions to Wild Bunch's slate include:
* Larry Clark's Bully, a portrait of teenage slackers which was previously set up at sister company StudioCanal from the director who made his debut with the Harmony Korine-scripted Kids.
* La Fille De Son Pere, by director Jacques Deschamps starring Natacha Regnier about a woman who meets the father she has never met.
* Aktan Abdyklaykov's The Chimp.
* A Child's Game (Un Jeu D'Enfant), a picture nurtured by StudioCanal's development stable Canal Plus Ecriture together with Fidelite Productions.
* Trouble Every Day, a controversial tale of cannibalism that marks Claire Denis' follow-up to her highly acclaimed Beau Travail.
* The Sun Behind The Moontale by Iranian film patriarch Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Last year, Wild Bunch had a hit with Black Boards, the Cannes competition film that was directed by his daughter Samira Makhmalbaf.