PRODUCTION: Mihăileanu Prepares English-language Debut

By Iulia Blaga

    BUCHAREST: Romanian-born French director Radu Mihăileanu is developing his first English-language feature film, with plans to shoot in Los Angeles in 2012 or at the begining of 2013. The still-untitled project is expected to attract some name actors.

    The director-screenwriter-producer told FNE in Cannes that, as he likes to travel and to experience new cultures, he will now develop a story relating Africa and the United States.

    "I don't know if we will be ready to shoot next year because the story is quite difficult to write, and I will also have to travel for the promotion of La source des femmes," Mihăileanu, speaking of his latest film which premiered in the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival. Mihăileanu typically beginss working on a script before starting shooting another film.

    The fillm will be produced by Mihăileanu and his company, Oï Oï Oï Productions together with Alain Attal and Les Productions du Trésor (http://tresorprod.com ). Mihăileanu and Attal worked together at The Concert (2010). The director will again co-write with his collaborator on The Concert, Alain-Michel Blanc.

    Radu Mihăileanu also said that there are expectations of important American actors in the cast.