Gans lines up ‘Swedish Cavalier’

La Petite Reine to produce

Christophe Gans’ next film will be an adaptation of Leo Perutz’s “The Swedish Cavalier” for La Petite Reine, the French company selling “Public Enemy Number One” in the Cannes market.

Gans, whose credits include “Silent Hill” and “Brotherhood of the Wolf,” will shoot “Cavalier” in 2009, La Petite Reine partner Thomas Langmann said Saturday in Cannes.

Langmann described “Cavalier” as Gans’ next project, which puts an even larger question mark on “Onimusha,” the big budget Chinese-themed fantasy set up at Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films, but which ran into logistical problems in March while in pre-production. Although “Onimusha” appeared on the sales slate advertised by Essential Entertainment, Essential topper Jere Hausfater said Saturday that company is not actively selling the film during Cannes.

La Petite Reine is considering shooting “Cavalier” along with two other high-end projects — the $95 million-plus live action animal/reptile gangster movie “Blacksad,” from Louis Leterrier and Xavier Gens’ 18th-century, Pacific-set thriller “Vanikoro” — in the same studio in either Australia or Canada.

Popular on Variety

La Petite Reine has hired “The Matrix Revolutions” exec producer Andrew Mason to evaluate shooting opportunities.

“We could bring three-to-four huge movies to shoot over 18 to 24 months at the same studio,” Langmann said.

“Cavalier,” Czech novelist Perutz’s identity drama, was published by in 1936. Set in 1701, it centers around a battlefield identity swap between a courageous low-born soldier and callous aristocrat.

La Petite Reine held a 17-minute promo screening of the two-part “Public Enemy Number One,” which generated positive word-of-mouth on the Croisette.

Directed by Jean-Francois Richet, “Public Enemy” stars Vincent Cassel as Jacques Mesrine, France’s legendary bank robber, penitentiary escapee and social rebel, gunned down in his car in 1979.

“Public Enemy” is budgeted at $72 million and is set in France, Canada, the U.S. Spain, the U.K. and Algeria.

“Public Enemy Number One Part 1: The Origins” will bow Oct. 22 in France, he said. The second will most probably follow closely.

Although “Public Enemy’s” sales campaign kicks off at Cannes, with Gregoire Melin’s Kinology handling international, “Public Enemy” has pre-sold to Russia (Top Film), Greece (Proptiko), Poland (Monolith), Turkey (TMC) and Romania (Mediapro).

More Film

  • Boris JohnsonConservative Party rally on eve

    U.K. Parliament Passes Brexit Law, Leaving Film, TV Incentives Unaffected

    The U.K. Parliament on Wednesday evening passed legislation paving the way for the country to leave the European Union on Jan. 31, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the U.K. had “crossed the Brexit finish line” following passage of the Withdrawal Agreement, which will officially become law when it receives royal assent from Queen [...]

  • A security guard wears a mask

    Chinese New Year Film Releases Cancelled in Response to Coronavirus

    The releases of all new movies this week in China have been cancelled as a response to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. The move is a massive blow for the Chinese film industry. Seven major films were expected to have been released over the coming weekend, with the likelihood that together they would have [...]

  • The Turning

    Film Review: ‘The Turning’

    Director Floria Sigismondi’s “The Turning” is like the alt-rock cousin of author Henry James’ novella “The Turn of the Screw.” From its grunge-infused soundtrack and period setting to its fiery feminist overtones, this is an ambitious contemporary take on the iconic, claustrophobic thriller. Concerning two young orphans who psychologically torment their caretaker in a spooky, [...]

  • Birds of Prey

    ‘Birds of Prey’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

    In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Warner Bros. claims the top spot in spending with “Birds of Prey.” Ads placed for the superhero film had an estimated media value of $6.94 million through Sunday for 431 national ad airings on [...]

  • The Witcher Netflix

    Film News Roundup: Netflix Developing Anime Feature 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf'

    In today’s film news roundup, Netflix announces a spinoff feature based on “The Witcher,” Liam Neeson’s “Honest Thief” finds a home and Sheryl Main will receive the Henri Bollinger Award. PROJECT LAUNCHED Netflix is expanding its fantasy series “The Witcher” with an anime feature film “The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.” The streamer made the [...]

  • Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL..Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel

    'Captain Marvel' Sequel in Development

    Disney has officially launched development of a “Captain Marvel” sequel. The studio is in final negotiations with Megan McDonnell, a staff writer on Marvel-based series “WandaVision” on the project. The 2019 blockbuster “Captain Marvel” starred Brie Larson as Carol Danvers and grossed $1.13 billion worldwide. Disney and Marvel have not yet set a release date [...]

  • Aviron Pictures Hit With Layoffs

    Aviron Pictures Hit With Layoffs, Joel Kinnaman Action Movie 'The Informer' in Limbo

    Fledgling distributor Aviron Pictures has been hit with a significant staff reduction less than a month after the removal of top executive WIlliam Sadleir, numerous insiders told Variety.  Almost half of a staff of 30 were dismissed last week, amid wide rumors that the company’s deep-pocketed financier Black Rock has defunded the outfit entirely, sources [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content