Toon shingle tackles first live-action TV drama

PARIS — Leading Gallic toon shingle Les Armateurs is developing its first live-action TV drama, “Meto,” based on a Yves Grevet’s three-part novel.

Set in an alternate world, the novel turn on 64 children who live isolated and confined in a prison-like environment, with no memory of their past. One of them, Meto, decides to uncover the truth and find a way out.

The eight one-hours are co-developed with Paris-based outfit Maybe Movies.

The dark-edged drama skein targets teens and young adults, said Les Armateurs’ head of development, Delphine Nicolini.

Grevet will co-pen the adaptation with other scribes.

Published by French house Syros, the books earned critical praises from the Gallic press and a raft of youth prizes.

Les Armateurs, which was founded in 1994 by Didier Brunner, has gradually been diversifying into live action, first with shorts and then with feature pics. It recently co-produced the black comedy “Kill Me Please,” starring Bouli Lanners (“Chicas”) and Benoit Poelvoorde (“Mammuth”). The pic is skedded for a Nov. 3 French bow.

Meanwhile, the company continues to develop high-profile toons, notably “French Riviera,” an $18 million thriller using 3D CGI animation, co-produced by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp.

Les Armateurs has earned multiple kudos, and was Oscar nommed for Sylvain Chomet’s “The Triplets of Belleville” in 2004 and “The Secret of Kells” this year.

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