PARIS-- French producers Dimitri Rassam ("The Little Prince," "Playmobil") and Wassim Beji ("Yves Saint Laurent") are set to produce "Nureyev," an English-language biopic of Rudolf Nureyev, the celebrated Soviet dancer of ballet and modern dance. Rodolphe Marconi, who won the Cannes Palme d'Or for his 1999 short "Stop" and directed the docu feature "Lagarfeld Confidential," is on board to write and direct "Nureyev." The sprawling drama, which is produced by Rassam's On Entertainment/Chapter 2 and Beji's WY Productions, will chart...
Along with Luc Besson, Dimitri Rassam is the only independent French producer able to finance films with budgets surpassing $40 million. The 35-year-old Rassam, who presides over the Paris-based outfit ON Entertainment with Aton Soumache, delivered Mark Osborne’s $77 million animated feature “The Little Prince,” which opened at Cannes in 2015 and grossed over $100 million worldwide. The movie had a high-profile voice cast including Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges and Rachel McAdams.
The 35-year old son of famed French actress Carole Bouquet and French-Lebanese produced Paul Rassam, he is now producing “Playmobil,” the $75 million toon feature based on the iconic toy brand, which Lionsgate is selling around the world. Through his banner, Chapter 2, Rassam produced “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” which starred Benicio Del Toro as Pablo Escobar and premiered at Toronto, where it garnered warm reviews.
Back in France, Rassam has also earned a strong track record, producing for instance, “What’s In The Name?,” the film adaptation of critically-acclaimed French play “Le prenom,” which was a local B.O. hit and traveled abroad. Within the last couple years, Rassam has been sharing his time between Paris and Los Angeles to develop several English-language films and drama series projects. Rassam is notably joining forces with Endemol Shine France to produce the TV drama “Apaches,” an English-language period series created by “Mad Men’s” Maria and Andre Jacquemetton.