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Gaumont Bows U.S. Film Division, Poaches Working Title’s Johanna Byer (Exclusive)

1 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gaumont, the vertically integrated French studio that is the world’s oldest film company, is launching a U.S.-based feature film division and has lured away Johanna Byer from Working Title to run it.

Byer will be VP of creative affairs for the new division. She will be in charge of sourcing Gaumont’s library of more than 1,100 titles to develop and produce internationally driven English-language films.

The new division already boasts a development slate made up of U.S. remakes of South Korea’s “Train to Busan,” French films “Point Blank” and “Dead Tired,” and a new version of “Barbarella.”

Gaumont scooped up English-language remake rights in December to Yeon Sang-ho’s thriller “Train to Busan,” which premiered at Cannes in the Midnight section and earned strong reviews. “Point Blank” and “Dead Tired” are based on movies previously co-produced by Gaumont: Fred Cavaye’s 2010 thriller “A bout »

- Elsa Keslassy

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