CANNES– Gaumont has enlisted Pascal Chaumeil (“Heartbreaker”), to direct “Blanc” (working title), a French-language thriller drama series set in the French Alps.
Chaumeil started his career directing popular dark-edged crimers such as “Spiral,” and made his feature debut with the hit French romantic comedy “Heartbreaker.” He last directed the British comedy “A Long Way Down.”
Based on Bernard Minier’s bestselling book trilogy “Glace,” “Blanc” follows a forty-year old detective and a young psychologist who investigate strange crimes perpetrated by a serial killer.
Gaumont is now casting for the series, which comprises six one-hour episodes and is budgeted at €9 million. As it’s a French-language series targeting primarily French auds, “Blanc” isn’t set up at Gaumont’s L.A.-based arm, Gaumont International Television (GIT). It’s being produced by Isabelle Degeorges at the company’s Paris headquarter.
“As we do with our English-language series developed at Gaumont International Television, our strategy with French shows is to work with interesting directors who have a strong vision whether they come from the TV or film world,” said Gaumont’s Vice CEO Christophe Riandee.
Gerard Carre co-wrote the script with Caroline Van Ruymbeke, the daughter of well-known French investigative magistrate Renaud Van Ruymbeke.
Degeorges said the series will have an oppressive tone as it’s set up in a remote mountain village hit by a wave of crimes. It will however be mainstream enough to be acquired by a free-to-air network, added Degeorges. Gaumont is handling sales of the skein.
At MipTV, Gaumont presented with French commercial net TF1 its latest drama production, “Resistance,” (pictured above) an upscale WWII-set mini-series in six episodes turning on young folks living in occupied France who joined the resistance movement to fight the Nazis. “Resistance” which was pre-bought by TF1, was produced by Alain Goldman, prexy of Gaumont-owned Legende.
Sold by TF1 International, “Resistance” was penned by Dan Franck, whose credits include Rosh Bosch’s”The Roundup,” a WWII-themed film, and Olivier Assayas’ “Carlos.”