Whitaker starrer to shoot in Arizona

Rachid Bouchareb is moving ahead on “Bill’s Law,” an English-language pic based on Jose Giovanni’s 1973 classic psychological drama “Two Men in Town” (Deux hommes dans la ville).

Pic is produced by Bouchareb and Jean Brehat via their U.S. shingle Taghit and their Paris-based outfit Tessalit Prods. Pathe reps the film in international markets.

Forest Whitaker is attached to topline as a Muslim ex-con on parole as (Daily Variety, Aug. 15).

Jean Gabin and Alain Delon starred in the original film, which centers on the friendship between a reformed gangster and his parole officer.

Bouchareb, who’s penning the script with his writing partner Olivier Lorelle, is transposing the action from 1970s France to modern-day America. Pic will be set in a small town in Arizona, near the Mexican border, said Brehat, adding that the film will touch on American politics and anti-Arab paranoia.

It’s budgeted at about E15 million ($19.8 million).

Pre-production will beginning in the spring. Lensing is expected to kick off in October and November.

“Two Men in Town” marks Bouchareb’s followup to Sienna Miller starrer “Just Like a Woman,” another pic looking at the relationship between Arabs and Americans.

Tessalit Prods is also behind Roschdy Zem’s Oscar-nominated feature debut, “Omar Killed Me.”

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