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‘Point Blank’ Director and Star Back with ‘Mea Culpa’; Lionsgate Nab Creative Team for ‘When First We Were Gods’

Written by on October 31, 2012 

Even with some recent events shaking productions just a little bit, those on either side of the Atlantic ocean are starting to ramp up genre projects. The first (and most interesting) of these two is coming together at Gaumont, with Variety telling us Fred Cavaye (the excellent action-thriller Point Blank) has been granted financing and a team of onscreen players for his next film, Mea Culpa.

Gilles Lellouche, star of Cavaye‘s last picture, will headline alongside director Nadine Labaki and Vincent Lindon for the project, a story of two cops, Franck and Simon, who find themselves in deep trouble when the latter causes deaths in a car accident. All that sounds a little more somber than Point Blank, and, while Gaumont’s Cecile Gaget promised something that’s both emotional and “a high-adrenaline action film,” that switch ought to be good for Cavaye as an evolving filmmaker. Much as I enjoyed what he’s already done, a deviation is always better than a simple repeat.

Barring some international sales issues, Mea Culpa is expected to arrive toward the end of 2013.

Next, Deadline report that Lionsgate are pairing writer Aron Eli Coleite (Heroes) and director Daniel Askill on When First We Were Gods, a sci-fi picture based on the work of author Rick Yancey. Like In Time (a comparison everyone would like to avoid), it’s a future-set tale in which those with great wealth and power can render themselves immortal — but with a bit more moral complexity than Andrew Niccol‘s film.

In Gods, the central character decides to murder his wife, whose death would pass on her immortality to his own mortal mistress. (The specifics of that, no matter how early, don’t make a lot of sense to me, but okay.) As he comes to learn on this quest, however, “mortality may well render the experience of love impossible,” which could really mean a number of things. I only want to know how you kill an immortal wife.

Does either project strike your fancy? Which one, in particular?

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