CANNES– Paris-based Haut et Court, the talent-driven outfit behind French hit supernatural drama “The Returned,” is joining forces with U.S. powerhouse Anonymous Content (“Spotlight,” “The Revenant”) to co-produce Pierre Mezerette’s “United We Stand,” a European, English-language TV series exploring the world of soccer.
Haut et Court’s Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta, Simon Arnal are developing the series with Richard Brown at Anonymous Content, which is having an outstanding year having just won the Oscar for best film with Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” and four Academy Awards for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant.”
An ensemble series created by Mezerette, “United We Stand” follows the trajectories of several characters working in various fields of high-level football — from club managers to players, agents, medical teams, supporters and journalists.
Boasting a singular concept and taking place in an unspecified European country, “United We Stand” won’t contain any game footage and will rather focus on everything that happens behind closed doors which the public never gets to see.
While the “language spoken will be English, the climate will resemble that of Spain, the passion for football will be similar to that of the British Isles, the rigor with which the club is managed will takes its inspiration from Germany and Scandinavian countries, while the team’s story will borrow from certain Italian clubs,” said the producers.
Anonymous Content’s TV credits include a wide range of innovative TV hits, notably the HBO anthology “True Detective.” Aiming to forge alliance with foreign creatives and talent, Anonymous Content is developing various series with European filmmakers, notably “Berlin Station,” a drama set inside the U.S. embassy in Berlin which will be directed by “Bullhead” helmer Michael Roskam.
Haut et Court, Meanwhile, is one of Europe’s most successful independent TV and film production companies. “The Returned,” which was commissioned and co-produced by Canal Plus, marked France’s first supernatural drama series and pulled record ratings for a French-language show in France and in a flurry of territories including in the U.K. on Channel 4 and in the U.S. on Sundance Channel. Haut et Court also thrived with “The Last Panthers,” a multi-lingual thriller drama created by Jack Thorne (“Skins”) and starring Samantha Morton (“Minority Report”), Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”) and John Hurt (“Midnight Express”). Both “The Returned” and “The Last Panthers” traveled worldwide.
On the movie side, Haut et Court is also a highly-respected outfit. It previously won the Palme d’Or with Laurent Cantet’s “The Class” and is working with a number of critically-acclaimed helmers such as Emmanuelle Bercot (“La fille de Brest”). Haut et Court also co-produced Yorgos Lanthimos’s Cannes’ jury prize winner “The Lobster.”