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STUDIOCANAL announce multiple projects live in Cannes

July 6th, 2021

STUDIOCANAL today announce multiple Film & Television projects live in Cannes and as part of a 30th anniversary year special presentation hosted by Chairman Maxime Saada and CEO Anna Marsh. CEO Anna Marsh announced a number of exclusives to those invited guests with additional detail provided by STUDIOCANAL today.

With over 30 years’ experience in production, distribution and international sales of both Films and premium TV series, STUDIOCANAL is the leading European Studio developing a slate of powerful, often untold stories, that are personal, relatable and above all, universal.  STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, owns one of the most important film libraries in the world, boasting nearly 6,000 titles from 60 countries. Spanning 100 years of film history.

STUDIOCANAL CEO ANNA MARSH comments It’s such a great feeling to be back on the ground in Cannes for this inaugural STUDIOCANAL event, at a moment where our industry is at a true turning point.  Opportunities are abundant, and as a result, we are entering a phase of acceleration at STUDIOCANAL. As owners of a deep 6000 title library, we have access to an infinite well of European IP and have the capacity to invest in ambitious projects with world-class talent and partners from all horizons. We are a global facing operation with a presence in 4 continents and a top-class team of passionate professionals.  It is our mission to solidify our position as Europe’s number one storyteller in both film and television and to create content that resonates beyond our domestic borders for a worldwide audience.” 


Priority film developments for STUDIOCANAL include PADDINGTON 3 which will reunite STUDIOCANAL with multiple award-winning Heyday Films. Marsh exclusively revealed today that principal photography will commence Q2, 2022. Director, cast updates and location currently under wraps. Story by Paddington 1 & 2 collaborators Paul KingSimon Farnaby, & Mark Burton and Screenplay by Mark BurtonJon Foster, James Lamont (Paddington 1 & 2, The Adventures of Paddington). Paul King will Executive produce the highly anticipated feature.

Continuing their long term and incredibly successful relationship STUDIOCANAL and The Picture Company announce action-comedy ROLE PLAYcurrently in development with Kaley Cuoco attached to star and produce. The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman have produced some of STUDIOCANAL’s biggest hits including Liam Neeson starrers UNKNOWN, NON-STOP & THE COMMUTER. STUDIOCANAL and The Picture Company are currently in production with Neeson on action thriller RETRIBUTION shooting on location in Berlin directed by Nimrod Antal. Matthew Modine, Embeth Davidtz and Noma Dumezweni also star.

Marsh confirms WAR MAGICIAN is set to shoot for STUDIOCANAL in 2022Colin Trevorrow attached to direct Benedict Cumberbatch in the feature based on the book by David FisherE. Nicholas Mariani is writing the script. Fully financed by STUDIOCANAL, WAR MAGICIAN is produced by Landscape Entertainment’s Bob Cooper, SunnyMarch’s CumberbatchAdam Ackland, and Leah Clarke, Lonetree’s Tony Eldridge, and Bluestone’s Richard Saperstein. Joining as producers are Trevorrow and his Metronome Films. Currently in post-production is STUDIOCANAL and SunnyMarch Benedict Cumberbatch starrer THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN helmed by Will Sharpe due to release this Autumn.  STUDIOCANAL is a shareholder in SunnyMarch’s TV business.

In development with Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS is an adaptation of Erik Larson’s nonfiction best-seller optioned by Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

Shooting for STUDIOCANAL this Autumn, 2021, and with worldwide sales launching at the Cannes market are STUDIOCANAL and Imperative Entertainment’s psychological thriller CAT PERSON based on the short story by Kristen Roupenian, famously published in The New Yorker in 2017 to worldwide acclaim. Emmy Award Nominated Nicholas Braun (Succession, Zola) and Emilia Jones (Locke & Key, Coda) are confirmed to starDirector Susanna Fogel comments: “Using Kristen’s excruciatingly well-observed short story about the horrors of dating as the jumping off point for an actual genre film, CAT PERSON will explore the hellscape of modern romance and the idea that we have all been the villain in someone else’s story, and the victim in others.”

STUDIOCANAL and The Picture Company’s high-concept horror/thriller BAGHEAD set to shoot in Berlin. Ruby Barker (Bridgerton) and Freya Allen (The Witcher) announced to star. BAGHEAD is adapted from the festival favourite short BAGHEAD directed by Alberto CorredorCorredor is attached to now direct the feature film.

And Tresor Films, Nine Stories and STUDIOCANAL’s SUDDENLY which will shoot on location in Iceland. Written and directed by Thomas Bidegain starring Jake Gyllenhaal Vanessa Kirby. Writer and director Bidegain comments: With Suddenly, I wanted to analyse the deep dynamics of a relationship stripped of all the artifices of the modern world, when facing life and death situations in a wondrous but hostile environment.  Jake and Vanessa are a dream pairing who elevate the film to an entirely new dimension and are dream partners for making the film, along with our friends at STUDIOCANAL.” SUDDENLY is produced by Alain Attal, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker for their Nine Stories fully financed by STUDIOCANAL.  

STUDIOCANAL’s ambition in the franchise space is evident; the PIPPI LONGSTOCKING movie is currently in development with Heyday Films and the Astrid Lindgren Company with multiple sequels greenlit by the studio; GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE 2 with writer & director Navot Papushado and The Picture Company producers, Andrew Rona, and Alex Heineman. Papushado’s GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE will Premiere on Netflix USA 14 July 2021 followed by a global roll out in Theatres worldwide via STUDIOCANAL this summer.

A sequel to 2019 action thriller COLD PURSUIT will see director Hans Petter Moland, writer Frank Baldwin & producer Michael Shamberg return with Liam Neeson attached to star reprising his role as Nels Coxman.

ATTACK THE BLOCK 2 is in early development with Film4, Complete Fiction Pictures formed by Nira Park, Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright and John Boyega’s UpperRoom Productions. Boyega will return to star as Moses also producing, with Joe Cornish attached to produce, write, and direct. Details about the plot are currently being kept under wraps. John Boyega expands “It’s been a decade since Attack The Block was released and so much has changed since then. I’m excited to see this heightened story return to the streets of London. Moses has remained one of my favourite characters to play and bringing him back is a huge honour.”   

Forty years after the release of EVIL DEAD a new instalment EVIL DEAD RISE is currently shooting in New Zealand. Executive Producers Sam Raimi & Bruce Campbell hand-picked Filmmaker Lee Cronin to write and direct the feature. STUDIOCANAL will release Theatrically in the UK 2022.

Inspired by the series of books by Matt Haig a sequel to Gil Kenan’s highly anticipated A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS is announced today and in development with long term STUDIOCANAL producing partners Academy Award winning Blueprint PicturesKenan will return to write and direct. The origin story of Father Christmas is re-imagined in Gil Kenan’s live action A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS set for a seasonal global rollout via STUDIOCANAL this Autumn.


STUDIOCANAL’s franchise ambition is further demonstrated in TV with a third season of THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON currently in development and announced today. The CG animated series follows a younger Paddington writing to Aunt Lucy from Windsor Gardens, inviting a new generation of fans into Paddington’s world full of kindness, slapstick humour and adventure. Distributed by STUDIOCANAL, M6 and Nickelodeon worldwide the Paddington series is a Heyday Films and STUDIOCANAL production in association with Copyrights.

Marsh confirms that principal photography has commenced on the eagerly anticipated third season of CANAL+ Creation Originale and The Walt Disney Company’s sci-fi thriller WAR OF THE WORLDS, written and created by BAFTA Award-winner Howard Overman (Misfits, Crazyhead, Merlin).

Announced today is THE BLUE HOUR based on the best-selling book by internationally renowned author Douglas Kennedy. STUDIOCANAL is developing the series in partnership with EDITIS. Douglas Kennedy is published by Belfond (EDITIS Group).

Also in partnership with EDITIS, STUDIOCANAL together with AUTHENTIC PROD is set to make N.E.O the first young adult saga from French award-winning and best-selling author Michel Bussi. N.E.O is published by Presses de la Cité/PKJ (EDITIS Group).

Following the success of MIDNIGHT SUN and SHADOWPLAY, STUDIOCANAL is developing a new project, BUTCHER’S HOOK, with Swedish award-winning writer & director Måns Mårlind.

And from STUDIOCANAL’s multiple award-winning RED Productions Marsh announces that CORTO MALTESE is in development based on the graphic novels by Hugo Pratt regarded as some of the most artistic and literary graphic novels ever written. Best known for his work on Rake, Jack Irish, Hacksaw Ridge The Water Diviner Australian writer Andrew Knight is attached to develop the script.



Breaking news today included STUDIOCANAL’s acquisition of Lailaps Films Germany. STUDIOCANAL is delighted to welcome producer Nils Dünker along with his production company Lailaps Films “Wild Republic”, “Hannes” “Eine Unerhörte Frau”, “Spurlos in Marseille”, “Vorsicht vorLeuten” & “Beste Aller Welten” to the STUDIOCANAL family, further extending the studio’s global footprint in production.  

Dünker and his team are currently in pre-production on GESICHT DER ERINNERUNG for SWR/ORF; the continuation of the highly successful INGO THIEL series for ZDF. Additionally, the film adaptation of Rita Falk’s bestseller HANNES co-produced by Lailaps and STUDIOCANAL opens Theatrically in Germany this Autumn.

Nicolas Loock, Managing Director of STUDIOCANAL TV and Tandem Productions comments “Creating and producing high-quality German content is a priority for our group and very important for STUDIOCANAL’s international strategy. We firmly believe that strong TV series and films with German DNA can be very appealing to International audiences. In order to grow further it was important to find the best partner and this collaboration with Nils and his team is the result.”  

Nils Dünker, Managing Director and Executive Producer Lailaps Films adds “We are very happy about the trust STUDIOCANAL has placed in us and that we are able to launch even more high-quality feature film and TV series projects with such a strong partner. This partnership makes us one of the leading European film production and distribution companies. In times of rising budgets and increasingly complex production logistics, we couldn’t imagine a more competent and capable partner for the exciting projects ahead…”  

STUDIOCANAL holds a majority stake acquisition in London based URBAN MYTH FILMS set up by International Emmy award-winning producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, and BAFTA award-winning writer Howard Overman (Misfits). URBAN MYTH FILMS were the first British production company to produce a Creation Originale for CANAL+WAR OF THE WORLDS, currently in its third season. Other notable credits include six-part true crime drama A CONFESSION written by Jeff Pope for ITV and starring Martin Freeman. Gripping eight-part drama series THE ONE written and created by Howard Overman for NETFLIX and EXTINCTION created by writer Joe Barton (Giri/Haji) and directed by internationally acclaimed director Marco Kreutzpaintner (Beat) for SKY.


STUDIOCANAL has two films in this year’s Cannes Official SelectionBAC NORD directed by Cédric Jimenez, a high-octane action thriller starring Gilles Lellouche and François Civil. The film will premiere in theatres in France on August 18th.  Jimenez is currently in production for STUDIOCANAL on NOVEMBRE starring Jean Dujardin, releasing in 2022.

And DE SON VIVANT directed by Emmanuelle Bercot starring Catherine Deneuve and Benoit Magimel. The film tells the moving story of a mother and son dealing with terminal illness. A son in denial, a mother facing the unbearable. The film will premiere in theatres in France on November 24th . STUDIOCANAL last worked with Bercot on MON ROI where she won best actress at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

STUDIOCANAL is thrilled to premiere the ground-breaking 4K restoration of David Lynch ’s cult masterpiece MULHOLLAND DRIVE as part of the 2021 Cannes Classics Official Selection. This restoration has been supervised by David Lynch with the support of STUDIOCANAL and Criterion.


STUDIOCANAL Chairman MAXIME SAADA concludes “STUDIOCANAL is now the most strategic asset for the CANAL+ Group and we are accelerating significantly to capture major opportunities: a global fast-growing market, a worldwide appeal for European culture, an ability to both leverage the strength of the CANAL+ platform worldwide and to work with all key players in the market. This is why we are progressively building Europe’s answer to a Hollywood Studio, an ambition rooted in Vivendi’s DNA. Above all, we have the teams and financial resources to achieve this ambition and STUDIOCANAL has recently taken a major turn under Anna Marsh’s leadership.”

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STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, operating directly in all three major European markets – France, the United Kingdom and Germany – as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important film libraries in the world, boasting nearly, 6,000 titles from 60 countries. Spanning 100 years of film history, this vast and unique catalogue includes among others the iconic Terminator 2RamboBreathlessMulholland DriveThe Pianist, The Graduate, The Third Man, and Belle de jour.

STUDIOCANAL has fully financed box office hits Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Paddington 1 and 2, Non Stop, and Shaun the Sheep Movie. Upcoming films backed by STUDIOCANAL include Will Sharpe’s The Electrical Life of Louis Wain starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy, Augustine Frizzell’s The Last Letter from your Lover adapted from Jojo Moyes’ best-selling novel, Navot Papushado’s female action thriller Gunpowder Milkshake and Gil Kenan’s live action A Boy called Christmas.

STUDIOCANAL is actively producing and developing a slate of premium international TV series in-house, as well as through its network of award-winning subsidiary production companies, which includes Germany’s TANDEM Productions (Shadowplay), the UK’s RED Production Company (Years and Years, It’s a Sin, Finding Alice), URBAN MYTH FILMS (War of the Worlds) and Spain’s BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (Instinto). The company is also an associate of Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup, Adam Price, and Meta Louise Foldager (Ride Upon the Storm) and Benedict Cumberbatch’s SUNNYMARCH TV (Patrick Melrose) 

STUDIOCANAL produces more than 200 hours of TV series each year distributing productions and CANAL+ Creation Originale worldwide with 1,000 hours of current and library content in distribution.