Marion Cotillard Cast in Jacques Audiard's 'Rust and Bone' Adaptation
Some fantastic news to report on today. Variety reports that the director of one of my favorite Cannes films, French filmmaker Jacques Audiard of Un Prophete (aka A Prophet), is working on his next feature film Rust and Bone, an adaptation of Craig Davidson's short-story collection. Audiard is reteaming with Un Prophete co-writer Thomas Bidegain on the screenplay, and is also casting Marion Cotillard as a lead in a story that contains a "mix of suspense and love." In addition, Belgium's Matthias Schoenarts (Bullhead), Celine Sallette (House of Tolerance) and Bouli Lanners (Nothing to Declare) will also co-star. Read on!
Audiard's Rust and Bone adaptation will have a budget of $22 million, produced by Pascal Caucheteux at French production house Why Not Prods, shooting this fall. Before we get further into this, let's find out what it's actually about, compliments of a synopsis for Craig Davidson's Rust and Bone stories:
In steel-tipped prose, Craig Davidson conjures a savage world populated by fighting dogs, prizefighters, sex addicts, and gamblers. The twenty-seven bones of the title story are the bones in a boxer's hands; once broken, they never heal properly, and the fighter's career descends to bouts that have less to do with sport than with survival: no referee, no rules, not even gloves. In "A Mean Utility" we enter an even more desperate arena: dogfights where Rottweilers, pit bulls, and Dobermans fight each other to the death.
Audiard will start shooting this fall in for 14 weeks in the south of France and Belgium. But in the meantime, early sales are drumming up buzz at the Toronto Film Festival, as the project is securing a few worldwide distributors as early as it can. After seeing Un Prophete, I'm crazy for Audiard, and can't wait to see what he comes up with next. His filmography also includes The Beat That My Heart Skipped in 2005, Read My Lips in 2001, and A Self-Made Hero in 1996. I also love Cotillard and I'm loving that she's joining this as well, I'm actually hoping Audiard has crafted a unique character for her. While we waiting for this thing to even shoot, you can pick up the short stories, or rent one of Audiard's pasts films. I highly suggest watching A Prophet, it's damn good, fantastic modern French filmmaking. We'll keep you updated on Rust and Bone.