Gallic exec Gregoire Melin, longtime sales head at Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, has hung up his own sales shingle Kinology, with a preferential relationship with Studio 37, the production/acquisition subsid of France Telecom-Orange.
Outside the Studio 37 relationship, Kinology’s first slate boasts Thomas Langmann-produced “Public Enemy Number One.”
Kinology’s aim, Melin said, is to support “the ambitious projects coming from young French and European filmmakers — producers and directors — I had the chance to meet in the last few years.”
“Prodigies” is a New York-set thriller that turns on five young geniuses who go off the rails, plot crime in New York and have to be hunted down.
Artistic director is Victor Antonov, who created the visuals for vidgame “Half-Life 2.” Character design is from Mexican Marvel alums Humberto Ramos and Francesco Herreira.
Pic is produced by Fidelite Films and Aton Soumache’s Onyx Films, which made film noir-actioner toon pic “Renaissance.” Kinology will attack the U.S. market first.
“We’re coming to Cannes with the screenplay, character designs and settings of this $40 million motion capture film,” Melin said.
At Cannes, Kinology is unveiling a 16-minute promo reel of $80 million “Public Enemy Number One” with lead Vincent Cassel in attendance. The two-part biopic of notorious French master criminal Jacques Mesrine is produced by Langmann’s La Petite Reine (“Asterix and Obelix at the Olympic Games”).
Melin and will also introduce Mathieu Kassowitz’s new project, post Vin Diesel-Michelle Yeoh starrer “Babylon A.D.”
“Instead of creating its own inhouse international sales division, Studio 37 has chosen Kinology as its priority international sales partner. Kinology remains free to choose and handle sales of projects from other producers, however,” Melin said.
Kinology’s studio will lens four feature debuts: Jennifer Devoldere’s Paris romantic comedy “Every Jack Has a Jill”; Nicolas Saada’s mostly English-language “Spy(ies),” a London-set political thriller with Guillaume Canet; Jean-Paul Rouvre’s “The Easy Way,” about fame-craving ’70s bank robber Albert Spaggiari.
A Jerusalem love-story “Survival of the Fittest,” with Gaspard Ulliel and Jasmine Trinca, is directed by Alain Tasma who broke through with TV movie “October 17, 1961.” Slate is rounded up by “The Titanic Scenario,” an eco doc from Nicolas Hulot and Jean-Albert Lievre.