CANNES — Canuck producer Roger Frappier (“The Decline of the American Empire,” “Jesus of Montreal”) is set to make his first English-language pic since “Love and Human Remains” in 1995. “Confessions of a Flesh-Eater” will also mark the first time he’s produced a pic by a U.S. helmer.

“Confessions” will shoot early next year, and is to be directed by Zurich-born, L.A.-based helmer Niklaus Hilber from a script by Hilber and Matthias Visser. It is a dark comedy about a hot chef who takes his culinary skills a little too far.

Frappier, president of Montreal-based Max Films, said his company will be producing at least one English-lingo film annually, along with two or three French-lingo pics, and Max Films has created an English development department headed up by Isabelle Borduas.

Frappier also unveiled his next three French projects, two of which will shoot this summer. Max Films has a two-year output deal with Alliance Atlantis Communications, with Alliance Atlantis taking international and Canadian rights to all of Max’s French-language projects. The three new French films are part of the Alliance Atlantis agreement. (“Confessions of a Flesh-Eater” is not.)

Frappier’s latest pic, the French-language comedy “Matrone and Me,” will be launched by Alliance Atlantis Releasing in Canada in October.