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Chadha set to reopen 'Closet'

Chadha set to reopen 'Closet'
NEW YORK -- Bend It Like Beckham helmer Gurinder Chadha will direct a remake of Francis Veber's French-language comedy The Closet (Le Placard) for Miramax Films and producer Lorne Michaels. Closet follows a bland accountant, on the verge of being fired, whose next-door neighbor devises a plan that may enable him to keep his job if he can successfully convince his boss that he is gay. Miramax released the original Veber version, which starred Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Depardieu, in 2001. Paul Mayeda Berges will adapt the screenplay with Chadha. Michaels will produce, with Jill Messick executive producing.

Chadha set to reopen 'Closet'

Chadha set to reopen 'Closet'
NEW YORK -- Bend It Like Beckham helmer Gurinder Chadha will direct a remake of Francis Veber's French-language comedy The Closet (Le Placard) for Miramax Films and producer Lorne Michaels. Closet follows a bland accountant, on the verge of being fired, whose next-door neighbor devises a plan that may enable him to keep his job if he can successfully convince his boss that he is gay. Miramax released the original Veber version, which starred Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Depardieu, in 2001. Paul Mayeda Berges will adapt the screenplay with Chadha. Michaels will produce, with Jill Messick executive producing.

Pair to walk Paris beat for thriller '36'

Pair to walk Paris beat for thriller '36'
PARIS -- Co-producers Gaumont and French production company LGM said Wednesday that Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil will be pitted against each other as rival policemen battling to get the same girl and the same job in 36, a thriller by French director Olivier Marchal. The two French stars will be teaming up for the second time, following their 2001 comedy Le Placard (The Closet), with shooting scheduled for February in France. The film, called 36 to signify the address of Paris' police headquarters at 36 Quai des Orfevres, is Marchal's second. Like his first film, Gangsters, 36 will explore the confrontation between two powerful policemen who are forced to resolve their conflicts within the boundaries of their profession. "The story is about two people with a great depth to their personalities, and, like the French classic The Count of Monte Cristo, it has grandeur, decadence and vengeance woven into the plot," said Cyril Colbeau-Justin, head of LGM, which also produced Gangsters. "This is more than mere suspense," he added. Gaumont, which will co-produce and finance the film, declined comment on the picture's budget, which according to French film weekly Ecran Total will be €13.5 million ($15.4 million). The film is due to be released by the end of 2004.

Gaumont reports loss for six-month period

Gaumont reports loss for six-month period
PARIS -- Gaumont posted a €9.3 million ($9.2 million) net loss in the first half of 2002, compared with a profit of €62.9 million for the same period in 2001, according to results released Tuesday. Revenue was down more than 46% to €33.8 million ($33.3 million), compared with €62.3 million. Gaumont attributed the difference to the success of last year's Les Visiteurs en Amerique and The Closet, which racked up more than 5 million admissions. Their best offering in the beginning of this year, The Raid, sold only 1.4 million tickets. Gaumont also cited investments that will not mature until 2003 or 2004 for its sub-par showing. Total capital for the group rose to €146.6 million ($144.4 million), with total debts at €30.9 million ($30.4 million).

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