MADRID – As both Hollywood agents and indie distributors fight increasingly shy of committing clients and money respectively to movies coming on to the market only part-financed, one of the huge attractions of Studiocanal movies is that, fully financing the net budgets on its projects, the films the Euro film-TV group says it will make it makes.
Also, it has skin in the game, distributing its movies directly in usually all of four key markets, forming its “home” territories: U.K., France, Germany, Australia/New Zealand.
Exhibit A: Idris Elba starrer “Bastille Day,” a Paris-set action thriller produced by Philippe Rousselet’s Vendome Pictures (“Source Code”) and Steve Golin’s Anonymous Content (“Babel,” “True Detective”) directed by James Watkins (“The Woman in Black,” “Eden Lake”), and to be distributed in North America by Focus Features, in one of the highest-profile deals at this May’s Cannes Festival.
Toplining Elba, star of U.S. chart-topper “No Good Deed”(pictured), whose other credits include “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Pacific Rim,” and the upcoming “The Gunman”), “Bastille Day” initiated principal photography in Paris Oct. 13.It will shoot for five week, them segue to London until mid-December.
Richard Madden (Disnay’s “Cinderella,” Rob Stark in “Game of Thrones”) also stars with Charlotte Le Bon (“The Hundred Foot Journey,” Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk”), Kelly Reilly (“Flight”) and France’s Jose Garcia (“Now You See Me”).
Written by Andrew Baldwin, currently penning Universal Pictures “The Bourne Betrayal,” and John Hodge (“Trainspotting,” Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong film), “Bastille Day” is produced by Philippe Rousselet for Vendome Pictures, and Steve Golin, David Kanter and Bard Dorros for Anonymous Content.
And yes, beyond handling international sales – which at Cannes included Latin America (Sun Distribution), Hong Kong (Bravo Pics) and China, plus a slew of smaller deals – Studiocanal will distribute itself directly in France, U.K., Germany and Australia/New Zealand. It also fully finances “Bastille Day.”
It also revealed Monday its fullest synopsis to date for the thriller:
“On the eve of Bastille Day, a young French woman, Zoe Naville (Le Bon), slips across Paris with the intent of planting a bomb to make a radical political statement but means to kill no one. At the last moment, she decides that she cannot commit this violent act.
“Michael Mason (Madden), an American pickpocket, steals Zoe’s bag, keeps what he can use and throws the rest away into a garbage bin next to a busy Metro stop. At the same time, inside the ultra-secure CIA Station in Paris, Sean Briar (Elba), an agent brought in from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq in the wake of a mission that has gone terribly wrong, struggles to adjust to his reassignment as a desk-bound data-analyst : a misfit real warrior in a world of cyber counter-terrorists.
When the bomb goes off, Michael becomes the only suspect. Briar is determined to find him and bring him into custody before the French authorities do. From then on, Briar, Michael, and Zoe will be bound together in a 24-hour suspense ride across the city, in a frantic attempt to expose a conspiracy of chaos and greed that only they can prove.”