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Carion ‘Swallow’ returns

English redo of pic lands in U.S.

Alain Goldman’s Legende Enterprises and Christophe Rossignon’s Nord-Ouest Production have joined forces to co-produce an English-language remake last year’s French sleeper, Christian Carion’s “Une hirondelle a fait le printemps” (“A Swallow Made the Summer”).

The remake will be shot in the U.S. with an American cast. “Hirondelle,” which was produced by Rossignon, has racked up close to 2.5 million admissions in France.

Rossignon also inked a three-picture deal with director Mathieu Kassovitz (“The Crimson Rivers,” “Hate”). First pic rolls in early 2003.

Rossignon would not reveal particulars of the deal or the subject of the films., but told Variety that Kassovitz, who recently starred in Costa-Gavras’s “Amen,” would not act in the films.

Additionally, Rossignon will produce a duo of films by director Tran Anh Hung, both starring Harvey Keitel.

First pic, “Night Dogs,” based on Kent Anderson’s eponymous novel about the Vietnam War, is budgeted at $10 million and will shoot early next year. The second Keitel starrer is entitled “I Come With the Rain.”

Rossignon produced Tran’s three previous pics while associated with Les Prods. Lazennec .

Rossignon’s Nord-Ouest is the co-producer with Richard Grandpierre’s Eskwad of Gaspar Noe’s “Irreversible” which screens in competition Friday. Film stars Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel.

Nord-Ouest also has a three-picture deal with Clarion. The first pic, “Joyeux Noel” (“Merry Christmas”), will roll at the end of 2003. World War I pic is based on a true incident where French, English and German troops on the front line temporarily forgot their differences to partake in a Christmas celebration.

Second Clarion film is a comedy, “Quand la mer monte” (“When the Sea Rises”); third is an international corporate thriller.

Rossignon begins production next week on Yann Samuel’s “Jeux d’enfants” starring Guillaume Canet. He segues into Olias Barco’s “Snowboarder.”