YRF Entertainment announces its next film starring Nicole Kidman
MUMBAI: YRF Entertainment CEO Uday Chopra has announced he is joining forces with Pierre-Ange Le Pogam of Stone Angels to produce and finance the upcoming Nicole Kidman vehicle, “Grace of Monaco”.
The film, to be directed by Olivier Dahan (“La Vie En Rose”), starts production this fall in South of France. YRF Entertainment’s development head, Jonathan Reiman, will serve as executive producer, along with the film’s writer, Arash Amel. Inferno is currently selling foreign rights to the film at the Cannes Film Festival.
The movie tells the story of efforts by the late Princess Grace of Monaco (the former Grace Kelly, played by Nicole Kidman) to make peace between her adopted country and France. Grace, just 33 years old and having just given up an acting career to become Monaco’s First Lady, maneuvered through a political minefield to resolve the situation, as detailed in the film.
The project is the latest move by YRF Entertainment, a Beverly Hills-based production and financing company that is a subsidiary of Indian studio Yash Raj Films, to develop, finance, and produce English language films for the U.S. and global market. Both Uday Chopra and Pierre-Ange Le Pogam are particularly pleased to be teaming up to bring “Grace of Monaco” to the big- screen.
Chopra says, “‘Grace of Monaco’ is the kind of movie that has a perfect blend of talent and sensibility that YRF Entertainment is proud to be a part of. We look forward to a great partnership with Olivier and Pierre-Ange.”
Le Pogam says, “When I first read the script written by Arash Amel, I thought it was a great story to tell, with a lot of artistic, historical and emotional potential. This is why I invited Olivier Dahan to become the director because he has this artistic vision. When Olivier and I met with Nicole Kidman for the first time, we felt immediately she was the right artist to portray Princess Grace. When I then met with Uday, I had the same feeling after our conversation. He was obviously the right partner because of his beautiful vision of the movie. We are very proud and enthusiastic to be sharing the experience of working together with YRF.”
YRF Entertainment is currently also overseeing post-production on Peter Glanz’s upcoming comedic feature, “The Longest Week”, starring Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde, and has a slate of films in development.
Director/ Writer Olivier Dahan, who brought us La Vie En Rose, is an interesting character, multi-talented. Check him out here: #Director
Nicole Kidman seems to be a good choice for the role of Grace Kelly, even though it’s hard to find someone who will do Grace justice. She was so incredibly gentle, Kidman has a few rough edges in comparison. I see more of Naomi Watts when I look at pictures..but both are great actors.
Grace of Monaco’s story was a fairy tale. I am so glad it’s being told. We know her best perhaps as Grace Kelly here in the US, where we remember her by Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Dial M for Murder and To Catch a Thief, where she gave indelible performances. She was introduced to Prince Rainier during the filming of To Catch a Thief. And there were rumors that Cary Grant had fallen for her as well. She chose Monaco over L.A. and who can blame her? :-) This movie seems to center around her life as Princess of Monaco, though.
Arash Amel wrote the script. I couldn’t find out much about him except that he is on twitter @ arashamel and that he has been working on different scripts.Besides Grace of Monaco he’s written the screenplay for I am Legend 2 and The Expatriate. I am sure he has been cooling his heels elsewhere before writing for the Big League but let’s go ahead and ask him how he got those gigs :-)
Uday Chopra, son of Aditya Chopra, and now CEO of YRF Entertainment could be the driving force behind setting sails for the Mediterranean Sea, where he will be joining forces with another European filmi powerhouse. Pierre Ange Le Pogam.
If we want to look a little bit behind the scenes we find an interesting bit of information about Pierre-Ange Le Pogam.
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam: In January of 2011, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp announced the departure of co-founder and longtime Besson associate Pierre-Ange Le Pogam. Le Pogam then set up his own production, finance and distribution outfit, Stone Angels. Now, the company has Nabil Ayouch’s God’s Horses in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Before starting Europa with Besson, Le Pogam was a longtime Gaumont exec during a period in which the studio put out such pics as Besson’s The Big Blue and The Fifth Element and Francis Veber’s hit The Dinner Game. Le Pogam honed his producing skills while partnered with Besson at Europa on such films as Taken and Tommy Lee Jones’ The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada. He now has projects in the hopper that include Grace Of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman and sold by Inferno and he’s co-producing upcoming French comedy Like Brothers starring rising talent Pierre Niney. Le Pogam also has a small role in that film, continuing his taste for dabbling in front of the camera. His other acting credits include Besson’s Subway, Cédric Klapish’s Ni Pour, Ni Contre (Bien Au Contraire) and more recently Eric Lartigau’s L’Homme Qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie. The first film he’ll release under the new Stone Angels banner is David Cronenberg’s competition pic Cosmopolis.
Altogether it seems a great move again by Uday Chopra and YRF Entertainment. They are taking a calculated risk but are working with top talent. Good luck with this ambitious new project. I love to see India’s film industry breaching out, fanning into the West. One can learn from the other. New opportunities, new markets. C’est magnifique.