Claire Denis, who has gifted us challenging French features including “Beau Travail,” “35 Shots of Rum,” “White Material” and most recently “Bastards,” is set to make her English-language debut with a yet-to-be-titled science fiction film.
Screen International reports that the film, set in outer space, is being written by Denis, British novelist Zadie Smith and Smith’s writer husband Nick Laird. Based on an idea by Denis and her longtime writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau, the film’s plot remains under wraps “but it is known to take place beyond the solar system in a ‘future that seems like the present’.”
The project also marks Smith’s screenwriting debut, though her luminous first novel “White Teeth” (2000) was reborn as a British miniseries in 2002. The rest of Denis’ menagerie of unusual collaborators on this film include Danish-Icelandic installation artist Olafur Eliasson—with whom Denis made a short film to accompany a Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris exhibit last December—and Stuart Staples of the indie band Tindersticks, which provided moody soundtracks for “The Intruder,” “White Material” and “Bastards.”
Wild Bunch will take international sales reins as Des Hamilton begins casting the project, now on the development speed track and due to shoot in Cologne late this year or in early 2016. Alcatraz Films and Pandora Filmproduktion will produce.