Yoel Dahan and Yohan Baiada’s Les Enfants Terribles, the shingle behind “Abattoir,” is ramping up its international profile with “The Longest Nite” from director Juan Carlos Medina.
A €7.5 million ($9.2 million) Paris-set thriller, pic is a makeover of Johnnie To and Patrick Yau’s Hong Kong gangster pic “The Longest Nite.”
The French redo sets the action in Paris at the end of the 1990s and centers on a former high-ranking special forces agent who was embroiled in the genocide in Rwanda. He has to prevent a war between two powerful gang leaders; at stake is the ownership of the most prestigious gambling club of the capital: The Elysium
Wild Bunch will distribute it in France in theatrically, on VOD and DVD. The project is also backed by French pay TV Canal Plus. Versatile has nabbed international sales rights.
Jerome Rougier’s outfit Once Upon a Time developed the script with Medina and is co-producing.
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Dahan, Les Enfants Terribles’s chairman and CEO, said the company was assembling an international cast for the pic.
“We wanted to do a French cop movie but really bend the genre, with a strong visual identity and concept,” said Dahan. He also runs Hands’ Up, a commercials and marketing company that orchestrated the campaigns of such buzzed-about pics as “Spring Breakers” and “The Grandmaster” and most recently “Abattoir,” which Versatile pre-sold to major territories.
“Like Medina’s directorial debut, ‘Painless,’ ‘Nite’ will deliver a stylized, yet realistic take on violence,” added Dahan.