Pathe Boards Guillaume Canet’s ‘Rock n’ Roll’ With Marion Cotillard, Johnny Hallyday

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BERLIN — Pathe has come on board Guillaume Canet’s “Rock n’ Roll,” a comedy starring Marion Cotillard and famed French singer Johnny Hallyday.

The film, which is currently shooting in and around Paris, is being produced by Alain Attal’s Les Productions du Tresor, the company behind all of Canet’s movies.

“Rock n’ Roll” marks the first collaboration between Pathe and Canet as a director. Pathe is co-producing, handling international sales and will distribute in France. The movie also signals Canet’s return to France after making his English-language debut with “Blood Ties.”

Attal said Canet has requested that the plot of the film remain under wraps. The script of “Rock n’ Roll” is co-written by Philippe Lefebvre, who previously co-penned Canet’s debut “Mon Idole,” a dark comedy, and “Tell No One,” a tense thriller based on Harlan Coben’s novel — both of which were critically acclaimed and commercially successful. Rodolphe Lauga also co-wrote the script.

“Rock n’ Roll” reteams Canet with wife Cotillard, who starred in French ensemble dramedy “Little White Lies” (the highest-grossing French film of 2010 with $44.4 million) and “Blood Ties,” a New-York set drama with Clive Owen and Billy Crudup.

Considered an iconic French singer, Hallyday has been starring in select films over the years such as Johnnie To’s “Vengeance” and Claude Lelouch’s “Salaud, on t’aime.”

Cotillard will next be shooting Robert Zemeckis’ untitled pic with Brad Pitt.

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  1. Jeanne says:

    Mon Idole was a commercial flop and Cotillard isn’t Canet’s wife. Funny how you don’t mention how much Blood Ties and Little White Lies were very poor reviewed films and the last one was a major bomb everywhere, even in France. Nice PR article!

    • He never needed Cotillard for his career..Thank to her.

      • Jeanne says:

        Yes he does. I was checking numbers and Canet’s last hit in France was released in 2010. Before that in 2007, he’s not beloved anymore. He should kiss Cotillard’s feet for accepting doing another potential flop and average reviewed film by him. And what’s even funnier? She’s already filming Robert Zemeckis new movie and by reading this Variety’s article (probably sent by his team) it seems she has a main role! That’s how much he needs her to sell his project.

    • its ugly to be jealous…True, blood ties was a flop buth Little White Lies was a huge Box Office hit for Canet!

      • Jeanne says:

        I didn’t say Little White Lies was a flop…I said it was a poorly reviewed film. His last acclaimed movie was released in 2006, His last hit was released in 2010. I hope he can finally get back on track with this one! I’m sure his girlfriend will help him selling it or he wouldn’t have cast her.

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