French comedy superstar Dany Boon (“Welcome to The Cht’is”) toplines “Radin!,” a high-concept dramedy directed by Fred Cavaye (“Point Blank”) and produced by Jerico (“La Famille Belier”).
TF1 International has come on board to take international sales and French distribution.
Pic is co-produced by Stephane Celerier’s Mars Films who previously teamed with Jerico on “La Famille Belier,” last year’s highest-grossing French film. TF1 Films Production is also co-producing.
Based on an original idea by Olivier Dazat (“Asterix At The Olympic Games”), “Radin!”is penned by Laurent Turner (“The Odyssey”) and Nicolas Cuche (“Second Chance”). Boon stars as Francois Gautier, a violinist who plays with a major orchestra and can hardly have a social life because he’s immensely greedy. That all changes when a mischievous 16-year old girl claiming to be his daughter walks into his life and forces him to make some serious adjustments.
Boon stars opposite Laurence Arne and Noemie Schmidt.
A former fashion photographer with a taste for stylized, well-paced features, Cavaye is mostly known as a French genre expert, having directed “Anything For Her” with Diane Kruger and Vincent Laurent, “Point Blank” with Gilles Lellouche and Roschdy Zem and “Mea Culpa” with Vincent Lindon and Lellouche.
But Eric Jehelmann at Jerico, who last teamed with Cavaye on “Anything For Her,” said the helmer had a natural talent for comedy as seen in his short films. The company, which is jointly-owned by Vendome Production, has so far produced a string a comedies including “La Famille Belier,” a major hit, “Second Chance,” one of the top-grossing pics of 2011.
Before launching Jerico, Jehelmann worked at Fidelité Films where he produced “Anthony Zimmer,” which led to the remake “Tourist,” and “The Serpent.”
Mars Distribution will release the film in France on Sept. 28.