The production of “BigBug” was officially announced

The production of BigBug was officially announced in Paris on the 17th of January, by Reed Hastings, the creator of Netflix, which will finance the project. The film will be produced by ESKWAD and yours truly, and will be part of a collection of European films, one per country, filmed in the country’s language.

My entire team is on the warpath: decoration, sound, images, costumes, editing etc. The cast will be made up of Elsa Zylberstein, Isabelle Nanty, Stéphane de Groodt, Claude Perron,Youssef Hajdi, Claire Chust, François Levantal, Alban Lenoir et deux adolescents : Marysol Fertard et Hélie Thonnat.

It’s a science fiction comedy, in a closed setting, with humans, androids and mechanical robots.

During this project I experienced (all modesty aside) the same thing as Scorsese with The Irishman. I have been toting this script around in France for 4 years, and it has been rejected by all (as were Delicatessen and Amelie in their time). And like Amelie, Brigitte Maccioni of UGC fell in love with it and wanted to produce it. But she wasn’t able to because, obviously, a French comedy with robots doesn’t fit in a nice, tidy box.

And then one day David Kosse from Netflix wrote to me from London asking me if I might have a project…
A resounding “yes” with a big smile came back just 24 hours later!

Since then we have been living a dream. Enthusiastic teams, total freedom, sufficient budget. The fact that BigBug will not be released in theaters is not a problem, because unlike, for example TS Spivet, which was shot in 3D in wide-open American spaces, it is particularly suitable for small screens and TV. And I must admit that the idea of not having to face a cinema release, with the box-office figures coming in, cleaver-like, at 10 in the morning, is rather a relief. Knowing that 138 million subscribers will be able to see the film is extremely exciting!

No, these new platforms are not going to kill cinema, because technologies accumulate and complement each other, they don’t replace each other. After all, cinema has never killed the theater, and there are still black and white films being made…

Filming begins september 2020, for a release in november 2021.

And then, 2 other feature film projects which are seemingly of interest to producers: a series, and for Amelie’s 20 year anniversary, a fake documentary that will be completely crazy and hilarious!

11 Replies to “The production of “BigBug” was officially announced”

  1. Tamás dit :

    Wonderful news!

  2. Shawna Welsh dit :

    Congrats! Your work is truly art in motion and joy to watch, as are your sets, which I once had the immense pleasure of working on many moons ago!

  3. Happy to know it! A lot of people are waiting for the new film of Jean Pierre Jeunet. We want to be trapped again by his fantasy worlds! Good luck!

  4. Simon davis dit :

    this is terrific news…hope you are safe and well

  5. Marisa Cole dit :

    Hello. I am happy to see you are working on a new project. My top favorite films from you were Delicatessen, City of Lost Children and Amelie. You might find, that I like Wim Wenders early films and I like Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze. I do not like Marvel super hero films. But your science fiction is smart. Dominique Pinon is always fantastic. 🙂

  6. Juan Zabala dit :

    Thank you for sharing, dear Jean Pierre. The world needs your stories! (and Terry’s)

  7. Sarah Beyler dit :

    A series?? Is the series about Amelie? So excited for all of these projects!

  8. Matt Jones dit :

    Great news but did Covid delay the filming?

  9. lon hope dit :

    Thank you so much for this awesome film!

  10. Wanzu dit :

    Just watched ‘BigBug’ and what a beautiful riot it was! Silly and tender and a meditation on what it means to be human. Really enjoyed how everyone’s arc resolved, especially the cynical teen. Asante sana for this and all your other work.

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