Xavier Gens, French director of “Hitman,” has taken the reins of “Little Mizz Innocent,” an action thriller set to shoot in Canada, France and China starting in September.
The $45 million-$55 million 3D picture is controlled by Goldove Entertainment, a film and music label founded by former banking executives Hudson and Lynda McKoy. Co-producers include French production services company Full Dawa and South Africa’s Zen HQ. International rights are represented by Hong Kong-based All Rights Entertainment.
Pitched in the vein of a female Jason Bourne or James Bond movie, the story involves a seemingly innocent United Nations interpreter who is caught between the FBI and a criminal dynasty. Script is by Gino McKoy.
Confirmed cast includes Christopher Plummer and Tyrese Gibson. The partners are looking to bring on a Chinese partner and a possible Chinese leading lady after a scheduling clash forced Olga Kurylenko to drop out. “We are still looking to have Olga involved in a sequel,” said All Rights’ chief Aymeric Contat-Desfontaines.
“The challenge I have set myself is to make a film that reflects our Little Mizz, and which is elegant but brutal,” Gens told Variety. “I’d like to reflect some of the energy of ‘The Raid’ in a movie that is still character-driven.”
Pre-production begins in July ahead of a shoot that runs from early September to mid-December.