JCVD's Mabrouk El Mechri Directing Jessica Alba in Insiders
Even more comic book movies for Jessica Alba? Apparently so. Pajiba says that they've learned Alba will star in an adaptation of Insiders, a series of Belgian graphic novels published by Dargaud. Apparently Alba herself put up the money to buy the rights with a little help from her friend Robert Rodriguez, who will be producing this as well. Additionally, they report that French-Algerian filmmaker Mabrouk El Mechri, who broke out in a big way directing the Jean Claude Van Damme drama JCVD last year, is now attached to direct this project. No start date is set (as far as we know), but it sounds like it's ready to start shooting.
Insiders, first created back in 2002, centers on Najah Cruz, "a Columbian who is as deadly as she is beautiful. She has the weapons expertise and combat skills of a James Bond. At the secret request of the White House she infiltrates a worldwide mafia-like organization composed of businessmen and politicians and becomes the bodyguard of the organization's leader." That actually sounds kind of cool. And I'm glad that this story isn't just meat for the Hollywood grinder. It could easily be turned into some cheesy piece of crap story with G.I. Joe-like characters in it, but with El Mechri directing, I'm confident that won't happen.
I don't know if everyone has even had the chance to see JCVD yet, but it's a very well-directed film, and I can't see El Mechri going from that to some huge Hollywood project. Which is exactly why I feel like this is better off being adapted by El Mechri and Rodriguez than a Hollywood studio. Anyone else interested?