Le Bureau opens to toons

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.

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