TF1, Vito, WB unite on $29 million Dahan comedy
Paris-based Other Angle Pictures has acquired international rights to “Les Seigneurs” (The Lords), a €21 million ($29 million) social comedy from director Olivier Dahan (“My Own Love Song,” “La Vie en rose).France’s Vito Films and TF1 Films Prod. produce; Warner Bros. has taken Gallic theatrical and DVD right. Its cast includes some of the biggest comedy stars in France: Jose Garcia (“Would I Lie To You?”), Gad Elmaleh (“Coco”), Franck Dubosc (“Camping”), Ramzy Bedia (“Neuilly sa mere!”) and Omar Sy (“Micmacs”). Garcia plays a washed-up soccer player who recruits other retired soccer stars to make up a First Division team, saving its village from bankruptcy. “This is a feel-good comedy with a name director, which talks about people uniting to gain not only respect but self respect,” Other Angle joint topper Olivier Albou said. Script is by Marc and Philippe de Chauveron, scribes of hit “Neuilly sa mere!,” also produced by Vito’s Isaac Sherry. Shooting from April 11 in Brittany and Paris region Ile de France, “Lords” is skedded to bow in France April 2012 While underscoring Other Angle’s determination to pick up big titles, “Lords” returns the company to its comic roots. Launched 2009, it scored heavily with “La Premiere etoile” and “The French Kissers.” Comedies continue to score in Gaul. Two local laffers — Dany Boon’s “Nothing to Declare,” grossing ($70.9 million), and “Service Entry” ($18.8 million) — rank with “The King’s Speech” and “Black Swan” as Gaul’s highest grossing pics of 2011.