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Auteuil to adapt Pagnol trilogy

Director-thesp reteams with AS, Pathe

PARIS — French thesp-helmer Daniel Auteuil is set to re-team with Alain Sarde’s AS Films and Jerome Seydoux’s Pathe on three films adapted from Gallic scribe-director Marcel Pagnol’s 1930s trilogy “Marius,” “Fanny” and “Cesar.”

The Marseilles-set family drama spans over 20 years and tells the tale of an impossible romance.

Auteuil, who is one of France’s most respected thesps, will begin directing “Marius” and “Fanny” in spring 2012.

Both “Marius” and Fanny” were penned by Pagnol as plays, while “Cesar” was written for the big screen.

Pics will be Auteuil’s followup to directorial debut “The Well Diggers Daughter,” which is a remake of Pagnol’s WWII-set drama.

Produced by AS Films, Pathe and Auteuil’s shingle Zack Films, “The Well Diggers Daughter” will be released on April 20 by Pathe Distribution. Pic toplines a clutch of popular Gallic actors, including Kad Merad (“Welcome to the Sticks”), Jean-Pierre Darroussin (“Nothing Personal”) and Auteuil himself.

Sarde recently produced Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer.”

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