It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Paul Haggis. He spent most of 2011 under the radar, with his name only popping up in connection with a potential franchise over at Universal based on the spy books by Daniel Silva. But it looks like Haggis’ next paying gig is coming from his native land in the true north strong and free.
Astral Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund in Canada has awarded “script financing” to “Paris,” a political drama that Haggis will direct. And that’s it. No plot details at all, but with the announcment comes word that the relatively unknown Dawn Kuisma will pen the script. So really, just toss this in the growing pile of Stuff That Paul Haggis Might Do Next that includes a redo of the Spanish genre hit “Cell 211” as well as his brewing international romance, “Third Person.” Since “Paris” is at the script stage, we presume Haggis will fit something else in between.
Haggis hasn’t quite had a fun ride after “Crash,” with “In The Valley Of Elah” not getting the recognition it deserved and the thriller “The Next Three Days” pretty much flatlining with both critics and audiences. Here’s hoping he comes back swinging with something soon, though a political drama (perhaps with some Euro flavor?) does sound promising. [THR]