PARIS — French helmer Fabien Onteniente is finally prepping “People,” the sequel to the French comedy “Jet Set”, which grossed $10.6 million in France.
Pic will bring back original’s thesps Jose Garcia (“Would I lie to You?”), Ornella Muti (“After Life”), Lambert Wilson (“Matrix: Reloaded”), and Samuel Le Bihan (“Brotherhood of the Wolf”). “People” was penned by Emmanuel de Brantes, who also helped write “Jet Set” and Manu Booz (“Shooting Stars”).
Gerard Bitton and Michel Munz, who wrote Gallic hit comedy “Would I lie to You” collaborated on the script.
Onteniente signed on for the sequel with producers Eric and Nicolas Altmayer of Mandarin Films in 2000, shortly after the numbers for “Jet Set” starting coming in. Shooting was planned for the middle of 2001, but the helmer got sidetracked by soccer pic “Shooting Stars” and now plans to start lensing “People” this fall.
In 2001, Miramax bought remake rights to “Jet Set,” which tells the tale of a group of friends who attempt to save their failing bar by making friends with the upper crust of Paris society, but so far nothing has come of the deal. “People” will concentrate on the same characters, but, in line with the zeitgeist, pic will show them disillusioned and de-jetsetted, after too much money and too many parties.
Pic, to be shot on location in Ibiza, France and Switzerland, will also include actor Michale Youn (“La Beuze”), Elie Semoun, Spanish actresses Rossy de Palma and Paz Vega.
A distrib has yet to be locked down, but Bac, who distributed “Jet Set” and “Shooting Stars” is the natural choice.