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11 items from 2014


Indian ‘Intouchables’ Remake Sets Mohit Suri as Director

5 June 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Mohit Suri has been set as director of the Indian remake of French hit “The Intouchables.”

Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment are to produce the Hindi-language retread, licensed in February from France’s Gaumont.

Johar announced the appointment of Suri via his Twitter account.

Suri is best known for his suspense thrillers, including the upcoming “Ek Villain,” but will turn his hand for the first time to comedy. He hails from the Bhatt film Bollywood dynasty and counts Mahesh Bhatt as an uncle and rising acting talent Emraan Hashmi as a cousin.

The 2011 original French pic was directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano and has grossed over $427 million worldwide.

With credits ranging from Anurag Kashyap’s “Gangs of Wasseypur” to Michael Winterbottom’s “Trishna,” Monga has achieved the status of India’s leading independent producer. She produced last year’s Cannes sensation “Lunchbox, »

- Patrick Frater

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Cannes: France’s Quad Films, Canada’s Caramel Team Up for ‘Volcano’ Remake (Exclusive)

17 May 2014 2:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a cross-pond comedy pact, France’s Quad Films (“The Intouchables”) and Canada’s Caramel (“Starbuck”) are teaming to produce an English-language remake of Dany Boon-starrer “The Volcano” (Eyjafjallajokull).

Michael Dowse, who last directed “The F Word” with Daniel Radcliffe and Adam Driver, is on board to pen and direct the remake.

At $27 million, the big-budget comedy “The Volcano” cast Boon (“Welcome to the Sticks”) and Valerie Bonneton as a long-divorced couple who embark on the same flight to attend their daughter’s wedding in Greece. When the plane is grounded because of the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull, the pair is forced to embark on a long trip across Europe to make it to the wedding on time.

Project will mark Quad’s first English-language film. The shingle, topped by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun, are best known for producing two of France’s recent »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes 2014 News - Omar Sy Teams Up w/ His 'Intouchables' Directors On 'Samba'

16 May 2014 11:07 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Omar Sy is teaming up again with his Intouchables directors - Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano - on their next film, another dramedy, this one titled Samba, which Sy will of course star in, alongside Charlotte GainsbourgTahar Rahim and Izya Higelin. Plot details on the Gaumont/Quad/Ten co-production are currently being kept under-wraps - other than the filmmakers calling it "a crowdpleaser, an ensemble comedy about friendship, solidarity and deals with current issues we can relate to in different parts of the world.”  The $20 million film, which is currently in post-production, is being screened to »

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Cannes: Gaumont Turns Buyers’ Heads With Omar Sy’s ‘Samba’ (Exclusive)

15 May 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gaumont has locked down major territory sales on Omar Sy starrer “Samba,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s follow-up to worldwide box office hit “The Intouchables.”

The French major, which screened a 12-minute promo of the €15.3 million ($20 million) “Samba,” lured back “Intouchables” distribs Gaga (Japan), Senator (Germany), Frenetic (Switzerland), Greece (Odeon) and Turkey (Calinos), enlisted new buyers: Belga (Benelux), Italian Intl. Film/Rai (Italy) and Top Films (Russia). Gaumont’s head of international, Cecile Gaget, said her team was closing Canada, Latin America and Spain.

Samba” reunites Nakache and Toledano with their “Intouchables” star Sy and producers: Nicolas Duval Adassovsky , Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun at Quad. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim and Izia Higelin complete the cast.

“As with Nakache/Toledano’s previous movies, ‘Samba’ is a crowdpleaser, an ensemble comedy about friendship, solidarity and deals with current issues we can relate to in different parts of the world,” Gaget said. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Intl. Film Award 2014: Gaumont Thrives With Local Talent and U.S. TV

14 May 2014 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After losing itself for some time, the legendary 114-year-old French studio Gaumont bounced back to the top of the charts with the box office phenom “The Intouchables” in 2011. Three years later and with more French hits under its belt, the vertically integrated major headed by Sidonie Dumas has proven that the blockbuster laffer wasn’t just a lucky break. The company is thriving on all fronts — French distribution, international sales and TV biz — while keeping its focus on director-driven French films and banking on the next generation of talents.

Variety is honoring Gaumont with its Intl. Achievement in Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

While the market share of French films fell significantly in 2013, Gaumont rose as France’s No. 1 indie distributor of Gallic pics with 12.3 million admissions. Its revenue from theatrical distribution nearly doubled to $34 million.

In its post-“Intouchables” era, Gaumont’s annual revenues skyrocketed 60% to $235 million »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Intl. Film Award 2014: Gaumont Thrives With Local Talent and U.S. TV

14 May 2014 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After losing itself for some time, the legendary 114-year-old French studio Gaumont bounced back to the top of the charts with the box office phenom “The Intouchables” in 2011. Three years later and with more French hits under its belt, the vertically integrated major headed by Sidonie Dumas has proven that the blockbuster laffer wasn’t just a lucky break. The company is thriving on all fronts — French distribution, international sales and TV biz — while keeping its focus on director-driven French films and banking on the next generation of talents.

Variety is honoring Gaumont with its Intl. Achievement in Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

While the market share of French films fell significantly in 2013, Gaumont rose as France’s No. 1 indie distributor of Gallic pics with 12.3 million admissions. Its revenue from theatrical distribution nearly doubled to $34 million.

In its post-“Intouchables” era, Gaumont’s annual revenues skyrocketed 60% to $235 million »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Dany Boon’s ‘Superchondriac’ Scores Boffo French Opening For Pathe

27 February 2014 10:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Following a roll of underwhelming film releases, Pathe could soon regain its mojo with Dany Boon’s latest comedy “Superchondriac,” which has gotten off a whammo start at the French B.O., racking up around a first-day €2.3 million ($3.2 million) on Feb. 26, per a Rentrak estimate.

Released on 854 screens by Pathe, the €31 million movie ($42.5 million) budgeted movie, which Boon helmed and toplines, had managed to lure half-a-million people in French theaters by late Thursday afternoon, proving the best opening for a French movie since June 2012′s “Would I Lie To You 3.”

“Superchondriac’s” bow was 25% up on Boon’s third film as a director, 2012′s “Nothing To Declare,” which opened on 200 screens more and went on to gross $74.5 million in France.

The comedy is tracking for a first-five day 1.5 million in tix sales,”  said Eric Marti, Rentrak general manager, France. That would be about $13 million in box office gross.

“’Superchondriac’ is a highly-anticipated movie, »

- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

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Italy’s Notorious Pictures Hits a Home Run With Gaumont’s ‘Belle and Sebastien’

27 February 2014 5:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Tapping into the growing market for indie family entertainment fare and canine film lovers, Nicolas Vanier’s “Belle And Sebastien” has lured over one million moviegoers and scored an estimated 6.6 million Euros ($8.2 million) from 320 screens in Italy, where it’s being distributed by Notorious Pictures.

Based on Cecile Aubry’s children’s TV classic, the well-polished movie takes place in the French Alps, amid WWII, and follows the adventures of a six-year-old motherless boy and his friend, a big white dog, as they thwart Nazi attempts to capture French Resistance fighters.

Released in Italy on Jan. 30, “‘Belle And Sebastien’ has joined the handful of majority-French productions that have sold over one million admissions in Italy,” said Adeline Falampin, Gaumont’s international sales manager who inked the deal with Notorious.

Italy’s top-grossing French-language film remains Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s “Intouchables” (2.5 million tickets sold), followed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Guneet Monga and Karan Johar Team-Up On ‘Intouchables’ Indian Makeover (Exclusive)

8 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin– Guneet Monga and Karan Johar, the Indian power duo behind Cannes sensation “The Lunchbox,” are set to team up on the local remake Gaumont’s “Intouchables,” the French comedy  blockbuster which grossed $426.6 million worldwide.

While negotiations on the U.S. remake are still being finalized with The Weinstein Co., Gaumont has moved forward on green-lighting international makeovers of the 2011′s French blockbuster, which was directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano

“From ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ to ‘The Lunchbox,’ I’ve always believed that Guneet’s company was by far the most creative and trustworthy producer when it comes to delivering crowd-pleasing Indian films with a strong identity that can play well at festivals and beyond,” said Gaumont’s deputy head of sales Yohann Comte, who handled the negotiation.

Monga, the winner of last year’s Industry leadership Award at the L.A.-set Indian Film Festival, is a power »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Kinology Takes Intl’ Sales Rights to Tahar Rahim’s ‘Pere Noel’

7 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gregoire Melin’s Kinology has taken international sales rights to “Pere Noel,” a family comedy starring Tahar Rahim and produced by the team behind “The Intouchables.” Kinology is also co-producing the film.

In “Noel,” Rahim stars as a robber dressed as Santa Claus who is followed by a 6-year-old boy convinced he’s the real St. Nick.

“It’s a tender comedy,” Melin said.

Stephane Celerier’s Mars Distribution will release the film in France. Commercial net M6 and pay TV Orange have pre-bought the $14.5 million pic.

Rahim, who broke through with Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,” recently wrapped the shoot of “Samba,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s followup to “The Intouchables.”

Pic started shooting Monday in Paris.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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Gaumont’s Cecile Gaget: ‘We Don’t Want Labels’

13 January 2014 9:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Attending the UniFrance Rendez-Vous market in Paris, Cecile Gaget, the head Gaumont International since 2010, took the time to comment on the company’s standing within the French industry, its acquisition strategy and evolving business model.

Closely collaborating with Gaumont’s chair Sidonie Dumas, Gaget has been a driving force behind the company’s financial success and global outreach. Last year, Gaumont replaced Pathe as France’s n.1 indie distributor.

Considered one of France’s top sales exec, along with Wild Bunch’s co-founder Vincent Maraval, Gaget is being credited for forging ties with Gaul’s top producers as well as international filmmakers and distributors. She’s also participated in the financing of some of Gaumont’s most internationally driven films, including Fred Cavaye’s $21 million “Mea Culpa,” a Fox pickup; and $32 million toonpic “Ballerina,” from “Intouchables” production shingle Quad.

Variety: How does 2014 look like for Gaumont and what are »

- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

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