Wilson, Gamblin to star in thriller
Lambert Wilson and Jacques Gamblin are attached to star in EuropaCorp thriller “Blind Man,” with Gaul’s Xavier Palud set to direct.Scripted by writer-director Eric Besnard (“Ca$h”) from an original idea by Luc Besson, “Man” is being produced entirely by Besson’s EuropaCorp, which also holds French distribution and international sales rights. Cat-and-mouse serial killer thriller goes into production early September in Paris. Project is being developed through EuropaCorp’s We- AreProducteurs.com crowd-producing initiative, launched in 2010 by EuropaCorp and Gallic telco Orange, which allows a Web community to choose between different story scenarios, vote on a wishlist cast and pose questions to key creative talent and a committee of experts — including directors Eric Lartigau, Olivier Megaton and actor-helmer Gilles Lellouche. Palud’s third feature has Gamblin as a solitary cop investigating a cold case. He suspects that a blind man (Wilson) is the killer, sparking a battle of wits. Palud co-helmed Jessica Alba starrer “The Eye” and French chiller hit “Them.” Last year, he was tapped to direct an episode in the EuropaCorp-produced TV series “XIII” — an example of synergies between the company’s burgeoning TV division, EuropaCorp TV, and its core theatrical film production-distribution biz.