'Christmas' thesp known for stand-up routines
Claude Berri will produce “La Maison du Bonheur” (The House of Hapiness), a comedy that will be Gallic comedian Dany Boon’s directorial debut.
Boon is one of the actors in hot Cannes title “Merry Christmas,” which sold to Sony Pictures Classics Wednesday, but he is better known for stand-up comedy.
Berri, who is recovering from a stroke, is not at the Cannes Film Festival this year, but his sales agent Jacques-Eric Strauss has been pitching the new project to buyers.
“La Maison” tells of a miser’s disastrous attempt to loosen up about spending money, when he sets about buying a house in the country for his family. Currently casting, pic will shoot in August, Strauss said.
As well as handling international sales on Berri’s films, Strauss also has his own production slate. Industry vet is developing the English lingo “The Mistress,” an adaptation of “La Vieille Maitresse,” being penned by Peter Flannery, and he is slated to line-produce a Harvey Weinstein-produced remake of Henri Verneuil’s classic French crime actioner “The Sicilian Clan” (1969), in development for the past six months. Strauss produced the original French movie.