November 24th, 2020
CANAL+, QUEBECOR CONTENT AND STUDIOCANAL JOIN FORCES FOR XAVIER DOLAN’S FIRST DRAMA SERIES THE NIGHT LOGAN WOKE UP
STUDIOCANAL, Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of TV series and feature films has joined forces with CANAL+ and Quebecor Content for Xavier Dolan’s first drama series, The Night Logan Woke Up. This premium five episode television event, which starts production in March 2021, will air as a Quebecor Content and CANAL+ Creation Originale in 2022.
STUDIOCANAL has secured international distribution rights. Javi Hernandez and Harry Grivakis of VVS Films brokered the deals on behalf of the filmmakers and will serve as executive producers.
Dolan has won a slew of prestigious awards for his work as a director, screenwriter, actor and editor, including the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Mommy and the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for It’s Only the End of the World. He has also won several Canadian Screen and César Awards.
His first drama series, The Night Logan Woke Up is a psychological thriller adapted from Michel Mark Bouchard’s eponymous hit theatre production. Dolan will both write and direct the series which he will also produce along with Nanoby’s Nancy Grant and Jasmyrh Lemoine.
The series will star original cast members from the 2019 play including Julie Le Breton, Magalie Lépine-Blondeau, Éric Bruneau and Patrick Hivon, along with Xavier Dolan and Julianne Côté, in a poignant thriller that combines horror, humor, drama and suspense, based on the realities and tragedies of life.
In the early 1990’s Mimi and her brother Jules are best friends with Logan. Together, they form an inseparable trio. The boys are on the baseball team and just won the regional championship and Mimi dreams of a life in the theatre; maybe the three will end up living in the United States one day and “get the hell outta here”… Who knows what the future holds?
But in October 1991, Logan rapes Mimi; he’s nearing his 17th birthday and she’s 14. The two families are shattered. The entire village knows. Nothing will ever be the same.
30 years later, Mimi has become a reputable thanatologist and travels home to take care of her mother’s corpse, as requested by the latter in her will. She’s reunited with her estranged brothers, left behind decades back. Soon after, secrets and spite buried deep in the past resurface, sending them on an unstoppable pursuit of reconciliation.
Francoise Guyonnet, Executive Managing Director TV Series at STUDIOCANAL says, “We are truly honoured to be able to offer our partners the very first drama series by Xavier Dolan, one of the world’s best modern filmmakers. Xavier Dolan tells deeply human stories with a unique voice and has an ability to create real relationships on screen. Alongside Quebecor Content and CANAL+ Creation Originale, we are very proud to bring this new, prestigious series to viewers throughout the world.”