AFM: Lespert to Direct French Remake of ‘Chaos’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Jalil Lespert, the helmer of “Yves Saint Laurent” and the big-budget series “Versailles,” is set to reteam with producer Wassim Beji on French remake of Japanese genre master Hideo Nakata’s “Chaos.”

Universal Pictures will distribute in France.

The French makeover will topline French stars Romain Duris, Charlotte Lebon and Lespert.

Beji, who is producing the film via his banner WY Prods., has tapped Australian scribe Andrew Bovell (“A Most Wanted Man”) to pen the adaptation. Roy Lee is exec producing.

Beji said the untitled pic will transpose the action in Paris and follow the same narrative thread while including many new twists.

The producer described the project as a psychological thriller in the spirit of “Gone Girl” but with a strong sexual tension.

The film will start lensing in France on Jan. 18. Canal Plus and pubcaster France 2 have pre-bought the pic, which marks Lespert fourth directorial outing.

“Yves Saint Laurent” earned Pierre Niney a Cesar (France’s equivalent to the Oscar) for best actor and was released in the U.S. by the Weinstein Company.

Wy Prods.’ slate also includes “Nureyev,” an English-language biopic of Rudolf Nureyev, the celebrated Soviet ballet dancer.

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