Cannes: Helmer Satrapi Signs Up for ‘Extraordinary Journey’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Director Marjane Satrapi will next direct “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe,” an English-language movie adapting Romain Puertolas’s bestselling novel.

The book, which sold to 36 countries, follows the adventure of a trickster from New Delhi who ends up in France, where he falls in love with a Parisian woman and accidentally gets deported along with a band of African refugees to the far corners of Europe against his will.

Indian star Dhanush is in talks for the lead part of the fakir, and Satrapi, who is repped by UTA and last directed Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick in “The Voices,” is now looking to cast three English-speaking actors.

“I made a film about the Iranian revolution, ‘Persepolis,’ another film about a man who kills himself for love, ‘Chicken With Plums,’ and this movie will touch on immigration but as always, in a light and humorous way,” said the Iranian-born director.

“It’s a story about love, magic and adventure and it takes place across three continents. I’m drawn to fantasy stories and I love creating worlds that don’t exist, imagining things in bigger and more beautiful ways because reality bores me,” explained Satrapi, who added that the visual aspect of the film will be significant.

The film is produced by Luc Bossi for Brio Films (“Mood Indigo”) and co-produced by Gregoire Lassalle for Vamonos Films, which has Michel Franco’s “Chronic” competing in Cannes.

The script, now completed, was written by Puertolas and Bossi, with the collaboration of Jon Goldman.

As she started her career as a graphic novelist and illustrator, Satrapi pays a particular attention to creating visually-appealing settings even when working on modest budgets.

Bossi said he was in negotiations with TF1 International for foreign sales rights.

 

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