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Pic is based on Ayckbourn's 'Life of Riley'

Helmer Alain Resnais is prepping “Aimer, boire et chanter,” a comedy based on Alan Ayckbourn’s play “Life of Riley,” as his followup to the Cannes competition player “You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet.”

Jean-Louis Livi, who is producing via his Paris-based F Comme Film, tells Variety that “Chanter” is a comedy in the vein of “Smoking/No Smoking,” also based on an Ayckbourn play.

Cast has yet to be locked.

“With Alain every film is very different,” said Livi. “?’You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet’ deals with life, love, death and the hereafter, while ‘Chanter’ will be an uplifting comedy with some acid moments.”

Resnais is writing the pic with his usual partner Laurent Herbiet, who co-penned “You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet” and “Wild Grass.” Shooting on “Aimer” will start in early 2013.

Meanwhile, Livi is also developing “Montand,” a biopic of his uncle, French singer/actor Yves Montand. Budgeted above €12 million ($15 million), the Patrick Rotman-penned pic is directed by Christophe Ruggia and toplines Thierry Neuvic and Celine Sallette as Simone Signoret.

Livi’s relationship with Resnais dates to the ’80s. He was the helmer’s agent and became his producer in 2009 with “Wild Grass,” which bowed at Cannes in competition.

“You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet” unspools May 21. Studiocanal will release it in France and is selling international rights.

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