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Who could have predicted that Phantom of the Opera would suddenly enjoy a spike in popularity this fall? First, we heard that Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry was working on a sexy, musical spin set in the “cutthroat world of the modern-day music business” for ABC, which has been looking for a musical drama to pair with Nashville. And now, an immediately much more interesting project, based more on Gaston Leroux’s novel than the Andrew Lloyd Webber play, has emerged, with French auteur Jean-Pierre Jeunet at the helm.
Jeunet, the director behind such instant classics as Delicatessen, Amelie and City of Lost Children, will develop a Phantom of the Opera series for Endemol Studios, Variety reports. Producer Tony Krantz (NBC’s Dracula, Mulholland Drive), who recently sold his WWII drama spec script Saboteurs to eOne Television, is providing the script.
Krantz’s script is set in 1919 and features “a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Andrew Lloyd Webber fans, I’m afraid this isn’t for you. But those who loved films like Delicatessen, Amelie, and City of Lost Children are probably going to perk up for this news of a new TV show. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of those films (among others) is now developing a Phantom of the Opera TV […]
- Russ Fischer
If you enjoy seeing new twists on vintage horror villains, then you might be adding a few more TV shows to your DVR in the future. A little over a week ago, Fox revealed they are moving forward on a Frankenstein TV series pilot, while ABC unveiled their plans for a TV series adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. Now a third show has entered the mix, as Endemol Studios has their own version of the Phantom in the works.
According to Deadline, Tony Krantz is writing a TV drama series adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s classic 1909 novel, The Phantom of the Opera, that will be directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) and produced by Endemol Studios. No casting details have been revealed at this time. Here’s the show’s synopsis, via Deadline:
“Described as a drama brimming with tortured love affairs, sex, murder and mystery among the international »
- Derek Anderson
Add another filmmaker making the exodus to the small screen. "Amelie" director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is headed to television to helm "The Phantom Of The Opera," but this version won't be the story you know from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway smash. Penned by Tony Krantz (the producer behind "24" and "Felicity," among others), this new take is "a drama brimming with tortured love affairs, sex, murder and mystery among the international jet set at the dawn of the Jazz Age, the Phantom Of The Opera series is set in 1919 against a backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference. The story centers on a British World War I fighter pilot with burns covering half of his body. He finds himself at the center of a string of murders that threatens to embroil the city’s gathered world leaders. The 'Opera' in this re-imagining is an opera house that is home to the hottest »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Shy bladder group protests DirecTV ad starring "Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe" The ad featuring “Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe” unable to pee at a urinal is in poor taste, says the CEO of the International Paruresis Association, which estimates that some 7% of Americans have some form of “shy bladder syndrome.” Members of the group have asked DirecTV to pull the ad, but the satellite company says the ads are staying put. Plus: DirecTV unveils “Crazy Hairy Rob Lowe." A 2nd “Phantom of the Opera” TV series is in the works -- from the director of "Amelie" Two weeks after ABC and “Desperate Housewives” honcho Marc Cherry announced their “Phantom of the Opera,” Endemol announced it is remaking the classic French tale with Tony Krantz and “Amelie” director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Watch George R.R. Martin eat a hamburger on a 1987 episode of “Beauty and the Beast” The “Game of Thrones” honcho recalled his »
- Norman Weiss
Project marks the second effort to turn Gaston Leroux’s 1909 novel into a TV series. Marc Cherry and Sabrina Wind are shepherding a contemporary take on the story for ABC and ABC Studios. Like that project, Endemol’s “Phantom” is not tied to the musical that has been a global sensation for composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Krantz, a seasoned TV and film producer, is making his first foray into writing with a rendition of the story set in 1919, with the central figure being a British Wwi fighter pilot suffering from burns over most of his body. Jeunet is on board to direct.
- Cynthia Littleton
There certainly appears to be no shortage of phantoms heading to the opera these days. Fresh off of news that former “Desperate Housewives” honcho Marc Cherry is developing a “Phantom of the Opera” adaptation for ABC, Endemol Studios announced Tuesday that it is developing its own adaptation of the classic musical. See photos: Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine Go ‘Into the Woods’ in First Look at Rob Marshall's Musical (Photos) Endemol's take on the tale will be based on Gaston Leroux's novel, which inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s blockbuster musical, and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Amelie”), with “24” vet Tony Krantz »
- Tim Kenneally
Performing slightly better at the Us box office than the 2005 film it follows in Cedric Klapisch’s trilogy, Chinese Puzzle still landed with a bit of a fizzle (especially considered to the initial response of the first film featuring this cast). Nominated only for Best Original Music at the Cesars, it ended up being a demure finale for a host of characters that have grown into rather banal adults over the past decade. Receiving a warm response from a variety of critics, this chapter is merely basking in the afterglow established by its predecessors.
Diehard fans of Klapisch’s L’Auberge espagnole (2002) and its sequel, Russian Dolls (2005) should be happy to see the director round out his Romain Duris headlining films into an actual trilogy with Chinese Puzzle. Though it potentially stands as a piece on its own, audiences may feel a bit lukewarm toward this outing without having experienced »
- Nicholas Bell
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Synopsis: A ten-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
Director Jean-Pierre Jenuet paints a distinctive pallet of work from Delicatessen (1991) to A Very Long Engagement (2004), but you’d probably be most familiar with the wonderful Amelie starring Audrey Tautou. Never a stranger to taking an alternative look at a story, his beautiful visuals continue in The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet alongside a strong blood-beating heart to take hold of.
T.S. Spivet tells the story of its namesake, a ten-year boy who’s a genius and impeccably portrayed by Kyle Catlett in his feature film debut. Spivet lives in Montana »
- Dan Bullock
Tokyo — After a gap of a decade, Japanese auteur Kohei Oguri (“Muddy River,” “The Sting of Death”) is finally shooting his long-anticipated feature “Foujita.” The film is a biopic of seminal 20th century artist Leonard Foujita (Japanese name: Tsuguharu Foujita), a contemporary of Picasso and Modigliani, who was famous for mixing up European and Japanese styles.
The story sees Foujita evolve from humble origins, become a celebrity in Paris known for painting nearly naked ladies in delicate shades of white, and later returning to Japan where he dramatically changes his style to a classical Velazquez- or Delacroix-inspired drama.
- Mark Schilling
Visionary director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) puts a surreally disorientating spin on the series as Sigourney Weaver's Ripley endures her fourth encounter with the nastiest xenomorphs in the universe. Here, she is resurrected by geneticists who - somewhat foolishly- have cloned her in an attempt to replicate the alien DNA that has been impregnated within her for 200 years. So when a crew of space smugglers (including Ron 'Hellboy' Perlman and a mysterious Winona Ryder) intercept the research vessel she's on, they get more than they bargained for. »
Repped by Zodiak Rights and produced by Paris-based Capa Drama, the English-language “Versailles” will also topline Alexander Vlahos (“Merlin et Privates”), Dominique Blanc, Amira Casar. The international cast will be completed by Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman, Noémie Schmidt, Evan Williams, Anna Brewster, Sarah Winter, Anatole Taubman, Lizzie Brocheré, Elisa Lasowski, Maddison Jaizani, Peter Hudson and Gilly Gilchrist.
“Versailles” was created by Simon Mirren (“Criminal Minds”) and David Wolstencroft (“The Escape Artist”) who also serve as showrunners and exec-producers on the series, along with Claude Chelli (“Braquo”) at Capa Drama and Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome,” “Borgia”). It’s co-produced by Fabrice de la Patelliere at Canal Plus Creation Originale, Capa Drama, Zodiak, et Incendo.
- Elsa Keslassy
If one can expect anything from Michel Gondry, it is that along with the whimsy and touch of the bizarre inherent in his work is an element of truth. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind uses erasure imagery to illustrate the pain of heartbreak. Be Kind Rewind has friendly video store employees creating their own versions of Hollywood hits for their neighborhood. Gondry's latest film, love story Mood Indigo, however, is utterly drowning in whimsy and lacking any figment of truth.
Debonair and bearded Romain Duris (Populaire, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) stars as Colin, living off family money in a spacious Paris apartment. Audrey Tautou (Amelie, A Very Long Engagement) plays cute Chloe, whom Colin meets at a party. The plot goes something like this: guy meets girl, guy and girl fall in love and marry, flower grows in girl's lung.
There's also a B-plot, involving a friend (Gad Elmaleh, »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
London — U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 revealed today that the new chief of its filmmaking division, Film4 — which has backed Oscar-winning pics like Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” — would be David Kosse, who is president, international, at Universal Pictures. Variety spoke to Kosse about his new role.
Kosse, who joins Film4 on Nov. 1, said it was a bit early to speak about specific plans for Film4, but added that he had no intention of changing the “creative remit” of the production unit. “There continues to be a focus on emerging filmmakers, young talent and creative risk-taking,” he said.
Recent pics from emerging U.K. talent backed by Film4 include Yann Demange’s feature debut “’71,” which premiered in Berlin competition, and Daniel Wolfe’s first film “Catch Me Daddy,” which bowed in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
- Leo Barraclough
Kosse joins from Universal Pictures where he is president, international, and will take up his new post on Nov. 1.
Kosse will oversee the development, financing and green-lighting of all feature films, and support for the production and distribution of all Film4-backed releases both in the U.K. and internationally.
See Also: Film4’s New Chief David Kosse Speaks to Variety About Challenges of Role
Upcoming pics include Lone Scherfig’s drama about a boisterous Oxford student dining club, »
- Leo Barraclough
Veteran Pinon is known to international audiences for roles in such classics as Diva, Amelie From Montmartre and Delicatessen, while 26 year-old Bikovic appeared in the football films Montevideo - God Bless You! and its sequel as well as Nikita Mikhalkov’s forthcoming Bunin adaptation, Sunstroke.
The sequel by Art Pictures Studio and Kinoslovo is headlined again by Danila Kozlovsky, known popularly as ¨Russia’s answer to Brad Pitt¨ who has recently broken into the international film scene with his role in Vampire Academy.
Kozlovsky reprises his role as top manager Max Andreev who has left the hustle and bustle of Moscow behind for the quiet life on the Indonesian island of Bali until events back home lead him to head for Russia.
Seen by many »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Paris– Studiocanal is set to reteam with Michel Gondry on “Microbe et Gasoil,” the French helmer’s follow-up to “Mood Indigo.”
Pic is a comedy turning on two left-of-field teenagers, Microbe and Gasoil, who, instead of spending their summer vacations with their parents, decide to build their own car and embark on a doomed yet colorful road trip across France.
Shooting will take place in Ile de France (Paris and its suburbs) and Bourgogne between August 4 and late October.
Studiocanal worked with Gondry on his latest feature film, “Mood Indigo,” a romantic fantasy pic based on Boris Vian’s “Froth on the Daydream.”
Gondry, whose »
- Elsa Keslassy
Horror is really the only genre that has entries that, while “good,” may not necessarily mean “recommended.” So, how does that affect what is “definitive?” A recent conversation brought up the nightmare of a movie A Serbian Film (great review here from Justine) which, by all accounts, is a horror film. But, while everyone in film circles knows about the film (many have even seen it), I can’t imagine anyone actually recommending it. It’s made impact, sure. But at what cost? The best horror films aren’t simply there to scare and disgust viewers. They’re there to serve as metaphors for other issues, however big or small. But the best ones are those that do it in a way that, while still may scare and disgust you, will also make you think and reevaluate your situation.
40. À l’intérieur (2007)
English Title: Inside
- Joshua Gaul
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
Jean-Pierre Jeunet: "I think of a film as being like a toy train."
He has a small but perfectly formed body of work (seven films in total) although Jean-Pierre Jeunet is best known to most as the director of [fiilm id=8803]Amelie[/film]. There was also a sortie to Hollywood for Alien: Resurrection. More recently he offered up the satirical comedy about weapons merchants Micmacs.
Jeunet was born in Roanne in the Loire valley. He bought his first camera at the age of 17 and made short films while studying animation. He befriended Marc Caro, a designer and comic book artist who became his long-time collaborator and co-director. Their first live action film was The Bunker Of The Last Gunshots (1981), a short film about soldiers in a bleak futuristic world. He also directed numerous advertisements and music videos.
Jeunet and Caro's first feature film was Delicatessen (1991), a black comedy set in a famine-plagued post-apocalyptic world, »
- Richard Mowe
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