Amalric Helms “Red and the Black” Film

French actor Mathieu Amalric (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Quantum of Solace”) is set to direct a film adaptation of Stendhal’s classic 1830 novel “The Red and the Black” for Les Films du Poisson reports Variety.

The story follows an ambitious young teacher whose passionate affair with a wealthy married woman leads to his downfall. Claude Autant-Lara previously adapted the book in 1954.

Amalric is presently writing the script for the as-yet-untitled project which Yael Fogiel and Laetitia Gonzalez will produce this likely international co-production.