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‘Chrysalis’ nabs distribution deals

U.S. talent agents pursue film's director Leclerq

Gaumont’s futuristic thriller “Chrysalis” has scored a slew of distribution deals and its first-time helmer, Julien Leclerq, is being hotly pursued by U.S. talent agents.

Pic has sold to around 15 territories including Germany, where it will be released by Universum; Korea, where MFI will distribute; and Canada, where Christal will handle it.

Gaumont has offers from Japan and is expecting to close Turkey and Singapore this week.

The $12 million pic, which screened privately earlier this week, stars Albert Dupontel and Melanie Thierry in a tale about memory manipulation. It features high-tech gizmos from the likes of Renault and Dell.

Pic has drawn a posse of U.S. talent agents to Leclerq, an unknown 27-year-old director who for the moment doesn’t even have a Gallic agent. Endeavor, William Morris, CAA and ICM have all been in touch, he said Wednesday.

“They’ve been calling me 10 times a day — it’s funny, this is new for me,” said the bemused helmer.

Leclerq is already working on his next project with Gaumont, an adaptation of a recent best-seller “The Forest of Shadows” by Franck Thilliez.

“It’s a cross between ‘Misery’ and ‘The Shining’; it’s a very dark thriller,” Leclerq said. He is planning to have a first script ready by the end of July, and the pic is slated to go into production February 2008.

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