Fresh Coco Chanel still heating up

Three different biopics about designer delayed

Talk about fashionably late.

While three biopics about French fashion icon Coco Chanel were announced at Cannes, all three have been delayed, leaving the Coco derby still wide open.

One as-yet-untitled version, being produced by Richard Grandpierre for Eskwad and UGC Images, is on hold as helmer Daniele Thompson is no longer attached to direct due to a scheduling problem, according to a UGC rep at the recent AFM.

Backers of “Coco Before Chanel,” the Anne Fontaine-helmed pic to star Audrey Tautou, were at AFM touting early buyer interest in their script. But the $15 million film, being produced by French shingles Haut et Court and Cine @ and distribbed by Films Distribution, isn’t ready to lense yet either, It’s now aiming for a fall 2008 shoot and a spring 2009 release.

Presumably that gives the early track to William Friedkin’s “Coco & Igor.” But even that pic is on hold as it awaits the right weather at its planned locations. Backers originally announced plans to start shooting in September for a spring 2008 release, but its start date has been postponed until March, according to Claudie Ossard and Chris Bolzli, who are producing for Eurowide Film Production.

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