Matthias Weber’s 2425 Films, the company behind Pierre Niney starrer “An Ideal Man,” is set to produce “The Eavesdropper” (Scribe), a spy thriller with a flurry of French and Euro stars including Francois Cluzet, Denis Podalydes, Alba Rohrwacher, Sami Bouajila and Simon Abkarian.
WTFilms is handling international sales on the pic. “The Eavesdropper” marks the feature directorial debut of Thomas Kruithof, who previously helmed the short “Retention” (Undocumented), winner of Unifrance’s best short film prize in Cannes.
Weber describes “The Eavesdropper” as a paranoid thriller in the spirit of ’70s pics such as “Marathon Man” and “The Conversation.” The movie stars Cluzet as a middle-aged, financially struggling man who is looking for work two years after suffering a burn-out. He gets hired by a mysterious employer to transcribe phone tapped conversations, which propels him into the heart of a large-scale political plot and gets him trapped in the French secret services underworld.
Weber said the movie’s plot is inspired by the Lebanon hostage crisis in 1983-1984 where three French people were kidnapped and their release was allegedly withheld by the French government so that it would benefit presidential candidate Jacques Chirac, who was then prime minister.
Belgium’s Scope is co-producing. Ocean Distribution will release the movie in France.
2425 Films is also on board to produce “Burn Out,” the next film by Yann Gozlan, who made “An Ideal Man,” the thriller starring Pierre Niney that SND has sold to most major territories.