Realitism to screen footage in Sundance
PARISIn the run up to its Sundance bow, Quentin Dupieux’s Los Angeles-set “Wrong Cops,” a left-of-field comedy turning on a group of disturbed cops, has already locked down international partners. The film is being shopped at Sundance by Gregory Bernard, founder-producer at Realitism Films, as a 45-minute pilot of a feature shot in seven standalone chapters, each corresponding to a day in the week. The first episode bowed as a short at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight. Pic, starring Marilyn Manson, Eric Wareheim, Steve Little, Arden Myrin and Mark Burnham, will be delivered in the spring. Sergey Selyanov and Daniel Goroshko at Russian indie CTB Film will co-produce the pic, which has acquired all distribution rights. “We’re building a long-term relationship with CTB Film,” said Bernard. The company bought “Wrong,” Dupieux’s last film, acquired “Wrong Cops” and is in negotiation to pick up “Wrong Cops 2″ (in development) and “Realite,” an L.A.-set comedy starring Alain Chabat as a failed director, now in post-production. Meanwhile, Praesens has acquired all rights to “Wrong Cops” and “Realite,” in Switzerland. Set in an imaginary, peaceful Los Angeles, where crime is extremely low, pic turns on a bunch of eccentric cops who are bored and crooked. ” ‘Wrong Cops’ is an homage to Western cinema and to apocalyptic films of the 1980s. It’s also a film that transgresses codes and blurs the line between a movie and a series,” Bernard said. “By shooting ‘Wrong Cops’ in chapters we wanted to recreate the same kind of addictive pleasure you get when you watch back-to-back episodes of your favorite TV show.” The pilot will preem in Sundance’s New Frontier’s section on Sunday with Dupieux, Bernard and several cast members on hand. Bernard has also built a digital strategy to promote and finance the film. The first chapter of “Wrong Cops” will screen on Monday on the digital platform elevision.com, recently launched by Vimeo creator Jake Lodwick. The producer also aims to build a franchise based on “Wrong Cops.” As well as the sequel, he plans a TV series spin-off, which will topline some of the actors in the movie. Bernard said he’s in negotiations with various U.S. distributors and will close a deal at Sundance. “Wrong” played at Sundance last year and was acquired by Drafthouse Pictures in the U.S. His pic “Rubber” played at Cannes Critics’ Week and was released Stateside by Magnolia.