CANNES — Alain Goldman will produce and Luc Besson will script the $30 million sequel to “The Crimson Rivers.” Olivier Dahan has inked to direct “RP2: Les Anges de L’Apocalypse” with Goldman’s Legende Enterprises producing.
Legende is in negotiations with Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel to reprise the roles of the two cops.
Legende will handle international sales with StudioCanal except in Asia. Besson’s Europa, which recently launched a rights, marketing and distribution venture in Japan, will flog pic in Asia.
“Our assumption is that there are two cops working on two apparently different cases, which in the end turn out to be the same case,” Goldman told Daily Variety.
Shooting begins in January in Bavaria and France’s Lorraine region. “The Crimson Rivers,” which cost $14 million, grossed more than $60 million worldwide.
Legende will also produce “The Bird Watcher,” based on the best-selling French novel “Le vol des cigognes” by Jean-Christophe Grange.
Gilles Mimouni, who directed Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci in the 1996 pic “L’appartement,” will helm; he has adapted the book with Grange.
Goldman calls the English-language project “a physical and metaphysical thriller.” Film will shoot next year in Europe, Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Central Africa.
StudioCanal, which owns 49% of Legende, will sell the film internationally.