Eric Valette, one of France’s top crime/genre directors, is attached to direct “French Kill,” an English-language thriller/chase movie about two American girls in Paris who meet the wrong guys at the wrong time.
Set up at Leonard Glowinski’s 22h22, a Paris-based consultancy/production house, “Kill” is one of two movie projects developed by Glowinski (pictured), who helped broker upcoming Nicolas Cage-starrer “Outcast.”
Taking place over one night, and written by Clayd Genestet and Valette, “Kill” will be shot “everywhere in Paris, using the old scenery of Paris, Notre Dame etc. as well as some more modern aspects,” Glowinski told Variety.
Budgeted at a highly contained $3.5 million, “French Kill’s” core financing could be a pre-buy from paybox Canal Plus. Or, set up as a U.K. production, “French Kill” could tap into France’s Tax Rebate For International Production (TRIP), tabbed at 20% of spend in France.
“There’s a big market for these kinds of films. The U.S., definitely, Brazil, Mexico. A genre film in English, shot in Paris, will also be more appealing to French audiences,” Glowinski said.
Valette’s credits include the Warner Bros.-released “One Missed Call,” with Shannyn Sossamon and Edward Burns, 2011’s Studiocanal-backed crime thriller “The Prey” and 2002’s French cult horror movie “Malefique,” plus segs of “Crossing Lines,” created by “Criminal Minds’” Edward Allen Bernero.
22h22’s second French feature project is “a ghost movie, using the mythology of Paris,” also penned by Genestet, Glowinski said.
Glowinski arranged Chinese financing and co-production on period action movie “Outcast,” produced by “Resident Evil’s” Jeremy Bolt and China’s Yunnan Film Group, and structured as a Canada-France-China co-production.
Building on that, Glowinski is also developing “Wine & Roses.” Written by Mark Eacersall, the across-the-cultural-tracks romantic comedy turns on the spoiled brat son of a Chinese billionaire dispatched to France to oversee a vineyard. There, he falls for the estate’s winemaker, a young girl just out of a viticulturist school.
A second Chinese project is co-developed by Zorba, a TV-commercials house, in partnership with Relais Chateaux, France’s luxury hotel chain. A reality TV series, it tracks a Chinese family who travels to France to celebrate a honeymoon.
As an integrated financial consultancy/production house, 22h22 can ring its options on projects, structuring finance or also boarding as a producer. Its contacts range widely.
“Wine & Roses’” financiers are U.S based, scribe Eacersall is French-British, but the movie will be made in English, targeting primarily Chinese audiences, though with potential in France, Glowinski said.