Rolling off the success of “Heartbreaker” in France, Quad Films is reteaming with director Pascal Chaumeil on “Vivre c’est mieux que mourrir” (Living Is Better Than Dying), a $20 million spy comedy.
Quad Films producer Yann Zenou said he’s in negotiations with “Heartbreaker” star Romain Duris to take the lead role.
Set in Paris and Russia, the comedy follows a hotel clerk in his 30s who steals money from a guest without realizing that he’s being filmed. He hides from the police in the room of a Hollywood producer who mistakes him for a director and asks him to pitch a project. The clerk’s pitch envisions him as a kickass CIA agent on mission in Russia.
French scribe Laurent Zeitoun is writing the script with Chaumeil. The two collaborated on “Heartbreaker,” which is Gaul’s highest-grossing French film.
Shooting starts next spring. Zenou is looking for international co-production partners.
Quad is also developing an $8 million English-language thriller based on Alan Watt’s “Diamond Dogs,” with Chaumeil on board to direct. Pic follows a star high school quarterback whose life is turned upside-down after he kills someone in a drunken-driving accident and his sheriff father tries to cover up his involvement. Pic is set in Nevada.
Script for the English-language film is by Watt.
“Heartbreaker” was Chaumeil’s feature debut. The director is a TV vet who has helmed popular French TV skeins such as “Spiral” and “Desperate Parents.”
Run by Yann Zenou, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky and Laurent Zeitoun, Quad was launched in 2004 as a commercials production company.