PARIS -- AB Group, France's largest pay TV group, is beefing up its production activity and acquisition of premium content.
Studiocanal is reteaming with Cyril Colbeau-Justin and Jean-Baptiste Dupont's production outfit LGM on Belgian comicbook-based "Boule et Bill" (Billy and Buddy), a €20 million ($26.3 million)…
Quad Films' Nicolas Duval, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun, the team behind hits "Intouchables" and "Heartbreaker," are developing their first animated feature, "Ballerina."
As the EFM wraps up, Matteo Lovadina's Reel Suspects is closing further deals on "X-Femmes" and its Sexploitation Collection.
Rachid Bouchareb is moving ahead on "Bill's Law," an English-language pic based on Jose Giovanni's 1973 classic psychological drama "Two Men in Town" (Deux hommes dans la ville).
A redo of the 1980 cult serial-killer pic "Maniac," produced and co-written by Alexandre Aja, is among the high-profile projects in the works at Thomas Langmann's fast-expanding La Petite Reine.
Produced by Folimage, a French outfit specializing in auteur-driven toons located near Lyon, "A Cat in Paris" marks Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol's feature debut.
Swiss group Ascot Elite is moving into production with an ambitious actioner "Northmen: A Viking Saga," set to roll this summer.
"La Vie en rose" helmer Olivier Dahan has come on board to direct "Un sac de billes" (A Bag of Marbles), a WWII-set drama based on Holocaust survivor Joseph Joffo's memoirs.
Kino Lorber has picked up all U.S. rights to vet thesp Daniel Auteuil's directorial debut "The Well-Digger's Daughter" (La Fille du puisatier), a remake of Marcel Pagnol's 1940 classic film.
Gregoire Melin's Kinology has acquired international sales rights outside France to French helmer Michel Gondry's "The We And The I."