TF1 Studio Scores Raft of Deals on Dany Boon Starrer 'The Lion'
TF1 Studio has scored several pre-sales on Ludovic Colbeau-Justinâ€™s â€śThe Lion,â€ť the anticipated action comedy starring Dany Boon and Philippe Katerine.
Currently in post-production, â€śThe Lionâ€ť has been picked up for Canada (TVA films), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Alternative Films), Switzerland (Pathe Films), Greece (Spentzos Film), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo Audiovisuais), CIS (Top Film), Poland (Monolith), Former Yugoslavia (Blitz Film), Middle East (Italia Films), Morocco (Megarama), South Korea (Cree Pictures), China (Heyday Investments) and for airlines (Skeye).
TF1 Studio, whose international sales team is headed by Sabine Chemaly, will unveil the opening sequence of â€śThe Lionâ€ť at the AFM this week and has released the first still (pictured) of the film which will be released in France on Jan. 29. Monkey Pack Films is producing â€śThe Lion.â€ť
The movie follows Romain, a psychologist who is fascinated by his patient, Leo Milan, who claims to be a highly-trained international spy, code-named The Lion. When Romainâ€™s fiancĂ©e is kidnapped, just as The Lion predicted, Romain realizes that Leo is the only one who seems to know whatâ€™s going on and the only one who has the skills to rescue her. Desperate, Romain embarks on a frantic chase across Paris with The Lion to rescue Louise and protect Franceâ€™s central bank from the heist of the century.
Both Katerine and Boon are comedy fixtures in France and form a strong duo. Katerine won a Cesar this year for his performance in Gilles Lelloucheâ€™s â€śSink or Swim.â€ť Boon is one of Franceâ€™s most successful comedy directors and actors. Some of his biggest hits are â€śLa châ€™tite famille,â€ť â€śSupercondriaque,â€ť â€śWelcome to the Châ€™tisâ€ť and â€śSupercondriaque,â€ť which he directed and starred in.
TF1 Studioâ€™s current slate also boasts another French comedy, â€śBallsy Girlâ€ť (â€śForteâ€ť), directed by Katia Lewkowicz and starring Melha Bedia, and two English-language projects, Jaume Balagueroâ€™s â€śWay Down,â€ť starring Freddie Highmore, and â€śInto the Labyrinth,â€ť the adaptation of Donato Carrisiâ€™s novel starring Dustin Hoffman and Toni Servillo. TF1 Studio will show a teaser of â€śBallsy Girl,â€ť a promo of â€śWay Downâ€ť and will host the market premiere of â€śInto the Labyrinth.â€ť