Kounen whips up ‘Windwalkers’

Helmer develops $26 mil sci-fi toonpic

Jan Kounen (“Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky”) is attached to direct sci-fi 3D toonpic “Windwalkers — Chronicle of the 34th Horde.”

Now in pre-production, the €18 million ($26.2 million) budget “Windwalkers” will be the helmer’s first animated feature.

The English-language movie is adapted from Alain Damasio’s bestseller “La Horde du Contrevent.” which sold more than 100,000 copies in France Set in a world buffeted by terrifying winds, the film tracks an elite team’s attempt to reach the land of Upper Reaches, where they believe the winds are generated.

Magali Helle penned an initial adaptation and the producers are in talks with another screenwriter.

Kounen has directed a teaser for the film.

Marc Caro (“Delicatessen,” “The City of Lost Children”) is vfx and art supervisor.

“Windwalkers” is the first movie from French production house Forge Animation, which launched in September.

Based out of the French Riviera, it was founded by CEO Herve Trouillet, who produced “Linus and Boom” for Canal J, finance and strategy director Nicolas Romain and line-producer Fabien Baboz, who heads Paris’ Caribara studios.

Forge, which creates transmedia projects for 15-35 year olds, is producing a “Windwalkers” vidgame.