Live action draws ‘Shark Tales’ artist

Bibo Bergeron developing 19th century fantasy-romance

French top animator Bibo Bergeron (“Shark Tales”) is developing his first live-action pic, a 19th century-set fantasy-romance.

The yet-to-be-titled pic centers on a pioneering female thesp, an independent and emancipated woman, as she rises to stardom. Bergeron said he’s currently in talks with a well-known actress to topline. A French rock band will pen the original score.

Bergeron is also developing a $35 million 3D film that will be set up as an international co-production. The animated-family feature — also yet to be titled — turns on a character propelled into a parallel world. Bergeron said he’s creating an inhouse 3D tool for the film.

The Gallic animator is on board to write, direct and produce both features through his Paris-based shingles Bibo Films and Pumpkin Factory, which he runs with partner Louis Viau.

Bergeron previously co-directed DreamWorks’ “Shark Tales” and “The Road to El Dorado.” This year, Bergeron and Viau produced the Oscar-nomimated animated short “French Roast,” directed by Fabrice Joubert.

Bergeron is currently directing and co-producing the 1910-set 3D fantasy adventure “A Monster in Paris” with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, a $27 million adventure-fantasy is set in 1910 Paris. EuropaCorp, the film’s distributor and seller, is showing the first trailer at Cannes.

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