Guillaume Canet has attracted the attention of international audiences through performances in films like Love Me If You Dare, The Beach, and this year’s Last Night, but he’s also an accomplished filmmaker in his own right. Having helmed Tell No One and Little White Lies, his career behind the camera is a budding, promising one to take note of.
ScreenDaily (via ThePlaylist) is now reporting on his fourth feature, Blood Ties. His planned remake of 2008’s Les Liens Du Sang (which he starred in) is being co-written with James Gray, and has attracted Mark Wahlberg, Zoe Saldana, and Canet‘s wife, Marion Cotillard. This is expected to follow the plot of the original, which was “a 70s-set drama about two brothers, one a cop, the other a criminal fresh out of the joint”; the location is being switched from Lyons to Philadelphia.
When it comes to who’s playing who, Wahlberg is almost assuredly one of the brothers, presumably the cop, and it wouldn’t be all too surprising for both actresses to play love interests to either sibling. Canet may sign on to play a character himself, though in a potentially smaller role.
Producer Olivier Courson said in May of 2010 that this is “a completely different story, set in a completely different environment,” but everything revealed makes it sound fairly in line with the previous film. Having not seen the original, but still liking the early developments here, either a remake or a completely new film would be just fine by me.
That same story also informs us that Wild Bunch, who are getting behind Blood Ties, are set to produce Gray‘s next feature, Low Life; they were previously rumored as being interested. We first heard about the project in May, when Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner all had their names thrown around as potential stars. Written by the director, it follows a Polish woman (Cotillard) who immigrates to America, only to struggle with a man forcing her into prostitution (Phoenix). She finds hope in the form of his cousin (Renner), a magician that manages to “sweep the young woman off her feet and is her best chance to escape the nightmarish life she has fallen into.” The project is set to begin production in January, putting it ahead of Blood Ties.
Have you liked Canet’s previous films? Does his new one sound promising? Would you want to see Low Life?