Wild Bunch has unveiled its packed slate of films that it will be shopping around Cannes, with new films in store from great European filmmakers like Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive,” “Only God Forgives”), Paul Verhoeven (the original “Robocop” & “Total Recall”), Gaspar Noe (“Irreversible,” “Enter the Void”), Abdellatif Kechiche (“Blue is the Warmest Color”) and Jean-Francois Richet (“Mesrine”).
Refn and William Lustig are set to produce a remake of the 1980s cult classic “Maniac Cop” about the hunt for a New York serial killer. Ed Brubaker (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) penned the script, while the director will be announced at Cannes.
Untitled Paul Verhoeven Project
Paul Verhoeven’s next is an adaptation of French writer Philippe Djian’s 2012 novel “Oh!”. The story revolves around a psychological game of cat-and-mouse between a businesswoman and a stalker who raped her, a crime for which she is seeking revenge.
Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval says: “Casting is being finalised. It’s a very intelligent script but it’s also pure Verhoeven, extremely erotic and perverted, so the actress has to be prepared to take that on.”
Noe will helm “Love,” described as a “sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl and another girl” and will be a lot more upbeat than his previous films. The English-language production is due to shoot in June, likely in Paris.
Maraval says: “It’s a love story, which celebrates sex in a joyous way. Gaspard feels that most films that touch on sex in traditional cinema are dark and dramatic, this will be really joyous. He [Noe] says it’s a film that will give guys a hard-on and make girls cry.”
The Real Wound
Abdellatif Kechiche will follow-up his Palme d’Or winner with “The Real Wound,” a loose adaption of French writer Francois Begaudeau’s “La Blessure, La Vraie” which he will begin filming on location in August. The story revolves around a French-Tunisian teenage boy’s bid to lose his virginity while on holiday in a Tunisian resort.
Three Memories of Childhood
Arnaud Desplechin (“Jimmy P.”) will helm “Three Memories of Childhood,” described as a portrait of a man as he looks back over three periods in his childhood and adolescence that shaped his life.
Mel Gibson is set to star in Jean-Francois Richet’s film about a former drug addict and convict seeking redemption by trying to protect his daughter (Erin Moriarty) after she is framed for stealing from a drug cartel by a criminal boyfriend. The story is based on a novel by “The Town” screenplay co-writer Peter Craig.
Finally the company have also released the first shot of Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes in Kim Farrant’s drama “Strangerland”. The pair play a couple whose marriage is pushed to the brink when their two teenage children disappear into the remote Australian desert during a dust storm. The pair are forced to confront the mystery of their children’s fate.