Here’s a shot in the arm for French cinema: Gaumont’s award-winning crowd-pleaser Untouchable has catapulted to the top of the French box-office heap for 2011 in less than four weeks of release. The studio announced today that the film has now sold over 8.2 million tickets, making it the No. 1 film this year. Another French film, Pathé’s Rien A Declarer (Nothing To Declare), is sitting in the 2nd spot in France for the year with just over 8.13 million tickets sold. The two local pics are running ahead of such fare as the Harry Potter finale, Steven Spielberg’s Adventures Of Tintin and the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean 4.
Gaumont’s Cécile Gaget tells me that Untouchable is experiencing a “Titanic phenomenon” whereby moviegoers are returning to see it multiple times. From directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, pic stars François Cluzet as a wheelchair-bound aristocrat who hires an out-of-the-ordinary assistant played by Omar Sy. The film recently won the Grand Prize at the Tokyo Film Fest with the stars sharing acting kudos. Gaumont says the film is also doing brisk business in Switzerland and Belgium. The Weinstein Co acquired Untouchable in North America, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South America and China and also took English-language remake rights.
Pathé’s Nothing To Declare, meanwhile, hails from director and star Dany Boon whose Welcome To The Sticks rode a juggernaut locally back in 2008 to become the highest-grossing French film ever and to … Read More »
The Mark Gordon Co. has set up two more projects at ABC: Chap Taylor’s drama Untouchable and an hourlong project based on Candace Bushnell’s book One Fifth Avenue. Both hail from ABC Studios.
Described as a stylish, sexy modernization of Miami Vice for the 21st century, Untouchable centers on a hard-charging female FBI agent with a blue-collar background who is teamed with a reckless, independently wealthy LAPD detective to take on organized crime. Changing Lanes writer Taylor is set to pen the script and executive produce with Gordon and The X Files and Castle helmer Rob Bowman, who is attached to direct. Taylor, repped by WME and Management 360, just delivered the pilot script for his FX drama project about an illegal immigrant-turned-private eye, which drew a lot of attention when first unveiled by Deadline last year; Rodrigo Garcia is attached to direct the potential pilot. Taylor also is in active development on the bestseller Gideon’s Sword for Michael Bay at Paramount. And he is developing a feature adaptation of his comic book series Haunted City with McG and his producing partner Peter Johnson. McG is attached to direct the project, which is expected to be taken out at the beginning of next year.
Bushnell’s One Fifth Avenue chronicles the clashes among the inhabitants of One Fifth Avenue, a Greenwich Village art deco jewel crammed with regal rich, tarty upstarts and misguided lovers. Josh Safran (Gossip Girl) is writing the adaptation and will exec produce with Bushnell and Gordon. Read More »