*Idris Elba’s upcoming film made news in Cannes Tuesday night.
The film company held a promo reel screening touting its market titles on the eve of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Elba stars in the action film “Bastille Day,” one of two new additions to the studio’s slate.
The story revolves around a U.S. operative who is tasked with interrogating and eventually making a young American boy “disappear” in order to avoid embarrassment to the U.S. government after the boy is linked as the prime suspect to an attack on the Paris metro. After several more attacks, the operative realizes the boy is innocent and may be the only link to the person actually orchestrating the attacks.
“Blue Is The Warmest Color’s” Adèle Exarchopoulos co-stars. James Watkins will direct.
Also new to Studiocanal’s slate is an untitled “sexy thriller” from Italian director Luca Guadagnino. Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts are starring.
In other Idris news, Deadline reports that his Green Door production shingle has inked a co-production deal with Shine North for the purpose of developing more documentary programming.
After the two companies collaborating on the racing documentary “King Of Speed” for BBC Two, the new pact calls for the parties to co-develop and produce more shows for the UK and international markets, with Elba producing and hosting the projects.
“King Of Speed” aired in the UK in December and then sold to more than 100 territories. Elba has honed his hosting skills on other UK specials including Channel 4’s “How Hip Hop Changed The World” and “How Clubbing Changed The World.”
He launched Green Door last year, and the company is in development on scripted projects for various UK broadcasters. The non-scripted collaboration will be creatively managed by Shine North’s Rick Murray who exec produced “King Of Speed” with Elba.