Scare-fare helmers to shoot in spring
LYON, France — SND, the distribution-sales-production arm of France’s M6 Group, will co-produce and handle international sales on genre thriller “Among the Living” from cult Gallic scare-fare directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo.
Dimension Films picked up the pair’s previous chillers, “Livid” and “Inside,” for U.S. distribution.
SND, which also co-produced and sold “Livid,” will work on “Living” with Jean-Pierre Putters, Caroline Piras and Fabrice Lambot at Metalune Prods.
“Living” turns on three youngsters who skip school, wander around an abandoned amusement park and suddenly see a woman in chains being dragged through a field by a man in a clown’s mask.
Worse still, the masked man catches a glimpse of the boys.
It stars “Livid” lead Chloe Coulloud, Lannick Gautry and Francis Renaud.
Beatrice Dalle, the scissor-wielding maniac of the duo’s debut “Inside” who also appeared in “Livid,” will have a cameo role. Further cast will be announced shortly.
Shoot takes place in south-west France in spring.
Lionel Uzan, SND director of acquisitions and international sales, describes “Living” as a “Stephen King-like story at the crossroads between ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘It.’ ”
Written by Abdel Raouf Dafri (“A Prophet,” “Mesrine”) and directed by Julien Leclercq, “The Informant” stars Gilles Lellouche (“Point Blank”), Ricardo Scamarcio (“Romanzo criminale”) and Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”).