3D manga 'Star' on company's slate
London-based Le Bureau is stepping into animation with “Star,” a low-budget stereoscopic 3D manga.Magic Light Pictures’ Michael Rose and Martin Pope have come aboard to exec produce. Garry J. Marshall will direct. Set in a post-apocalyptic frozen world, the $2.4 million toon follows a young woman who searches for her identity and discovers that she has been cloned multiple times. “It’s a dark thriller that mixes the tradition of old mangas with Western storytelling,” said Soledad Gatti-Pascual, producer at Le Bureau, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, Magic Light Pictures’ credits include popular toons “The Gruffalo,” “Chicken Run” and “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” The animated feature will be set up as a co-production with France and Poland. Founded and run by Gatti-Pascual and Bertrand Faivre, Le Bureau focuses on director-driven films with wider audience potential. The outfit has been following well-known helmers and grooming up-and-coming directors. Recent productions include Rachid Bouchareb’s “London River,” Emir Kusturica starrer “L’Affaire Farewell” and Philippe Noiret’s “Welcome.” Faivre and Gatti-Pascual are also reteaming with Asif Kapadia on “The Journey home” and Faye Gilbert on the thriller “Towerz.” “The Journey Home” is an epic drama about a vain, low-ranking soldier who climbs the ranks to the detriment of his family and eventually loses everything. Faivre and Kapadia last worked together on Bafta-winning pic “The Warrior.” Meanwhile, “Towerz,” which is set in a devastated world, focuses on a group of teens who have made a safe haven for themselves but decide to venture out after hearing their parents might be alive. The dystopian pic is in the vein of “Mad Max” with children, said Gatti-Pascual. Pic will lense in Eastern Europe and will be set up as a co-production with an Eastern European country. The outfit has also come on board to produce thesp-turned-helmer Noel Clark’s next film, “Anti-Hero.” Based on an original idea by Chris Chibnall, (“Torchwood,” “Law and Order”) the pic is set in a futuristic totalitarian society and follows an ordinary British man who discovers he has superpowers. Clark won a Rising Star Bafta nod last year. In addition, Le Bureau’s developing U.K. filmmaker Dan Wells’ feature debut “I Am Not a Serial Killer,” based on his book. Wells is adapting it.