Phantom of the Opera TV series

Andrew Lloyd Webber fans, I’m afraid this isn’t for you. But those who loved films like Delicatessen, Amelie, and City of Lost Children are probably going to perk up for this news of a new TV show. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of those films (among others) is now developing a Phantom of the Opera TV series for Endemol Studios. But this is based on the novel by Gaston Leroux rather than the musical derived from it. And with the period setting, Jeunet might have room to indulge his famously eye-catching visual style. Read More »


Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we’re still tryin’ to make it Hollywood, become too smart for our own good, see faith in humanity restored inside Pakistan, and consider the beliefs of those we collectively call “crazy”.
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Broadway is about to get a dose of French whimsy. Jean-Pierre Jeunet‘s 2001 romantic comedy Amélie is coming to the stage, as revealed by composer Dan Messé (of the Brooklyn-based folk group Hem). Playwright Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss) and co-lyricist Nathan Tysen (The Burnt Part Boys) are also working on the project.

While the film featured a memorable score by Yann Tiersen, Messé says the play will feature new music with a different sound. “I don’t think I’m even going to use accordion in my score,” he explained. Hit the jump for more details on the show.

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French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has made an American film (Alien: Resurrection) but he hasn’t made one that actually takes place in the States. So The Young and Prodigious Spivet, a strange travelogue starring an unusual young boy, will be a first for the director. (It’s also his first 3D movie.)

Based on the book The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen, the film follows “a 12-year-old cartography enthusiast in an eccentric family, who travels across country hidden on board a freight train after being invited to the Smithsonian Institute.”

Helena Bonham Carter, Kathy Bates, Judy Davis, Callum Keith Rennie, and Jeunet’s perpetual casting choice Dominique Pinon all appear, and newcomer Kyle Catlett plays the title role. After seeing this first trailer I could see people making links to the Coen Brothers, or the work of Wes Anderson, even Tim Burton. But this also looks to be recognizably Jeunet, and that’s pretty appealing. Read More »

French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has a very specific, immediately recognizable visual style as seen in films like Delicatessen, Amelie and his most recent feature, Micmacs. He takes quite a bit of time between features, and since his 1991 feature debut with Delicatessen he has made only six films, and one English-language film: the not terribly good Alien Resurrection. (I think “not terribly good” is being pretty charitable to that movie, actually.)

Now Jeunet is set to make another English-language film, and it will also be his first in 3D. Given that Jeunet is all about visuals, the prospect of seeing his first foray into 3D is more tempting than would be the case from may other directors.

The film in question is a story about a twelve-year old amateur cartographer who goes on a cross-country journey from his home in Montana to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. It is based on the Reif Larson novel The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, which Jeunet optioned this past summer. Read More »


I’m at a loss to explain why the ‘dark fantasy’ genre has gained as much steam as it has, but adding blood and boobs to classic stores definitely floats a lot of folks’ boats. (Yeah, I know, just answered my own question there.) So there’s an edgy adult version of Snow White in development, called Brothers Grimm: Snow White. Brett Ratner has been part of the development team, and French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet is reportedly thinking about directing. Additionally, there’s vague word that Natalie Portman is interested in the title role. Read More »


Lots of cool film-related stuff happens in Boston, Massachusetts and not that many people are here to document it, preserve it and spread the word about it. Special screenings, Q&As, panel discussions — we have them all, and frequently too. /Film Boston aims to be a bi-weekly column that will bring you audio and video content from film-related events around the Boston area. If you don’t live in Boston, I hope that this column will give you a window into some of the cool stuff that happens here regularly. If you do live here, hopefully you’ll come here to get the heads-up on what’s been going on, and what is to come.

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs UK Movie Trailer


I’m an enormous fan of director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (I even kind of liked parts of Alien: Resurrection. Kind of). So when I saw the teaser for his newest film, Micmacs A Tire-Larigot (or Micmacs to us Yanks), I was pretty psyched. The man hasn’t made a movie since 2004’s A Very Long Engagement, and even that film felt like watered-down Jeunet, showing only hints of the outlandish visuals, ultra-quirky characters, and greenish-orangish palette that are his trademark.

Today sees the debut of the first UK trailer for Jeunet’s Micmacs courtesy of Empire, and based on the trailer, it looks like the Jeunet we saw in films such as Delicatessen and La Cite des Enfants Perdus is back in full form. The film tells the story of Bazil (Dany Boon) who is accidentally shot in the head. Rather than take the injury lying down, he resolves to take revenge on the weapons manufacturers responsible for the bullet that nearly took his life. Aside from the simple voiceover, the trailer is virtually incomprehensible, a series of quick cuts and blink-and-you’ll-miss-them bizarre moments. For a Jeunet film, though, it totally works. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments.
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I don’t put much stock in movie nostalgia, but I still remember how thrilled I was by my first viewing of Delicatessen over fifteen years ago. Even with the weak elements of the movie taken into consideration, the world realized within is still one I like going back to. So I’ve been eager for actual footage from Micmacs A Tire-Larigot, the first film from Jean-Pierre Jeunet since 2004’s A Very Long Engagement. And now thanks to Twitch we have a teaser, after the jump. Read More »

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