To celebrate the 20th anniversary of The City of Lost Children, the blu-ray version will be released in the USA. The good news is that I will restore it myself, using my own HD component. The bad news is that it will only be available for Zone A, so unreadable in Europe. But Studio Canal has promised to release it for Zone B next year.
Regarding Casanova, Amazon has realized that an audience needs more than one episode to find out whether or not they want to watch an entire series. So to get a better idea they have asked the showrunner, Stuart Zicherman, to write six episodes. In January they will decide to launch the series or not.
C’est avec Romain Segaud, auteur des animations de Micmacs, que je vais finalement réaliser un petit court-métrage d’animation les mettant en scène, juste pour le plaisir…
The ‘Spoke Art Gallery’ in San Francisco recently held an exhibition “Tribute to Caro-Jeunet”… 60 artists created illustrations of our films, particularly Amelie…
As a sort of « hommage », a boy named Alexander Gasula has produced a “fitting tribute”… and it’s really something else!
In the same vein, the Hollywood Reporter held a survey:
Nobody in the French media said anything about it… fed up…
“Amazon studio” produces TV series pilots. If Internet users like the pilots, then they produce a first season.
So, the pilot of Casanova, written by Stuart Zicherman, the showrunner, and produced by Ben Silverman, will air in august. I modestly directed the pilot, shot in Budapest, Venice and Versailles. Diego Luna plays Casanova with a formidable cast of essentially British actors. The director of photography was Pierre Gill, who worked on the second unit team for TS Spivet. Anne Seibel was on set design (she worked on the last three Woody Allen films), Madeline Fontaine on costumes (beautiful) and the rest of my usual team, with the exception of a new team for makeup (Mathilde Humeau) and hair and wigs (Mathieu Gueracaque & Miguel Santos) for this period film, reminiscent of Dangerous Liaisons…
Otherwise, a large international advertising campaign for “Lavazza” coffee, with, as guest star, the formidable Sergio Castellitto… also filmed in Budapest, this time with Thomas Hardmeyer on photography (TS Spivet) and Benoît Barouh on set design.
Casanova. The rules of the game are fundamentally different. Preparation takes about ten weeks instead of the 8 months for a feature film, and it’s filmed in twenty days instead of twenty… weeks. In short an interesting challenge; scary and exciting.
I’ve always wanted to make something erotic… well, here I go!
Without needing financers, TV channels, producers… and without critics waiting at the end… I’ve been allowing myself to tinker around with a collection of critters made with debris found in nature. Jephan de Villiers, who I admire and collect from, introduced me to this. Just for pleasure of CREATING.
This time to receive two awards from the 3D Society, including the prestigious “Harold Lloyd” award, which has been awarded in the past to James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee and Jeffrey Katzenberg. And the trophy is magnificent. So this makes three awards because we also won the Independent 3D film awards, as well as those awarded in Liège.
I gave a Master Class and had the opportunity to “quote” my friend Weinstein, which was the subject of an article in Hollywood Reporter. A reader’s reaction: “I love it when a European gives the middle finger to Harvey. So refreshing.”
Schmoozing with all the networks, like HBO, Netflix etc… The idea being to back a script for a TV series pilot written by Tony Krantz, The Phantom of the Opera. The project was nice, I didn’t have my own script ready, and Hollywood was full on with television series, so why not give it a try? But Phantom didn’t catch on immediatly. However Amazon liked my work and offered me Casanova.
After surreal Italian-style chaos, hyper strict Japanese-style order… I met up again with Kyle Catlett in Tokyo, who displayed a number of martial arts skills on stage, in the company of a japanese child star. As always the Japanese are charming and can’t do enough for their guests.
As translations are long (see Lost in Translation…) I drew some portraits of the journalists. One of them even gave me his cap because I liked it!
I also ran into Claudie Ossard, producer of Delicatessen, The City and Amelie, who was filming with Ana Girardot.
Spivet did well there.