Cannes 2014 News - Focus Features To Release Idris Elba's 'Bastille Day' In North America
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Cannes 2014 News - Focus Features To Release Idris Elba's 'Bastille Day' In North America

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Just last

week Tambay reported (HERE) on the new Idris Elba thriller Bastille Day, which goes

into production later this summer in Paris. It also now co-stars  Adèle Exarchopoulos who got

raves in last year’s highly acclaimed French drama Blue is the Warmest Color.

To be directed by James Watkins

based on a script by Andrew Baldwin, the StudioCanal financed film deals with a U.S.

agent (played by Elba) whose job is to make a young American man “disappear,”

after it is uncovered that he’s linked to a terrorist attack in Paris. However,

things change when the agent discovers that the man is actually innocent of the

crime, after several more terrorist attacks occur, while the man is supposed to

have “disappeared,” meaning someone else is responsible, and it’s the

agent’s job to sniff him/her out.

Now it’s been

announced at Cannes that Focus Features has

picked up North American distribution rights for the film, while StudioCanal, also backing the film and handling international sales, will distribute

it in France, UK, Germany,

Australia, and New Zealand.

Peter Schlessel, who is CEO of Focus Features, said, after making the deal that, “We are all excited to be working with

James, these accomplished producers, and the incomparable Idris Elba on what

will surely be a thrill ride set in Paris, one of the greatest cities in the

world.

Also on Elba’s slate is Disney’s live-action/CG hybrid movie adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, which Jon Favreau is directing. He is also attached to star in Cary Fukunaga’s film adaptation of Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling debut novel Beasts of No Nation. He has also reportedly been offered a lead role in Forest Whitaker’s adaptation of the best-selling novel The Shack, which he will both direct and star in.

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