Of the multiple films I saw at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, it wouldn’t be hard to say that Julien Leclercq‘s actioner The Assault was the worst. The narratively dull, visually unoriginal attempt at thrills and pathos is one that I’ve mostly managed to forget in the seven months since, but I’ve been reminded of its mediocrity with Variety‘s news that the helmer has a new project in the works, The Informant.
Gilles Lellouche (who, somewhat coincidentally, starred in one of my favorite movies from Tribeca, Point Blank), Vincent Lindon, and Riccardo Scamarcio are leading the film, which has been written by one of the original scribes on last year’s terrific A Prophet, Abdel Raouf Dafri, and is based on Marc Fievet‘s autobiography, In the Skin of a Narc: Infiltrating the Heart of the Mafia. The screenwriter described it as centering on “an ordinary guy who gets into a mean game — the border patrols’ merciless war against Gibraltar’s drug-runners — without knowing the cardinal rule: As in poker, if you sit at a table and you can’t tell who the sucker is, it means it’s you.” Producer Dimitri Rassam, meanwhile, compared it to both Donnie Brasco and the works of Michael Mann.
My negative feelings toward Leclercq‘s last film are certainly an early strike against The Informant‘s prospects — if it wasn’t, I’d be too forgiving a viewer — yet the crop of talent in front of the camera and behind the script might be worthy enough to mostly dispel those thoughts. And, being an optimist, I look at it this way: There’s already a very good chance I’ll like his next movie more.
What do you think of this story getting the film treatment, and of the people bringing it to the screen?