Hot on the heels of his latest film's domestic release, Parisian director Olivier Assayas has landed his first U.S. production. Announced from the Cannes Film Festival today, Assayas will be helming the crime thriller "Hubris" for CG Cinema, Bluegrass Films, Emjag, and Film 360.
The film's four producers--Charles Gillibert, Scott Stuber, Alexandria Milchan, and Scott Lambert--released a joint statement calling Assayas "one of the most dynamic filmmakers on the global film scene. His previous films including 'Summer Hours' and the groundbreaking miniseries 'Carlos' have been masterpieces."
Based on a true story, "Hubris" focuses on a group of thieves who rob what they think is a pawn shop, only to then discover they've stolen from a notorious Chicago crime lord. The story comes from an article written by Hillel Levin. Production is set to begin in the second quarter of 2014.
Assayas' latest film, "Something in the Air," was released in the U.S. on May 3 both theatrically and via VOD. The film has been met with critical praise if not ardent fanfare. It played at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. "Summer Hours," Assayas' 2008 family drama, played both of those festivals as well, while his miniseries on Carlos the Jackal landed a prime spot at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.