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Jean-Pierre Jeunet heads to Netflix with BigBug

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet is heading to Netflix for his latest film, BigBug.

The Amelie director has been one of France’s most famous filmmaking talents since his breakout Oscar nominee in 2001. Now, he’s headed to Netflix with the comedy BigBug. Based a script written by Jeunet and longtime collaborator Guillaume Laurant, the movie is set in the future. It stars César Award Winner Elsa Zylberstein, César Award Nominee Isabelle Nanty and Manu Payet.

The project marks Netflix growing investment in French productions. Indeed, Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, has opened a new French headquarters in the heart of Paris – home to 40 employees and a space for the creative community. Netflix has also announced 20 French productions and partnerships with leading French creative institutions for 2020.

“It is a real honour to be in France, with its rich culture and history of storytelling. This office is a sign of our long-term commitment to the country, and will enable us to work even more closely with the French creative community on great shows and films that are made in France and watched all around the world”, said Hastings.

Since launching in France in 2014, Netflix has developed 24 French titles, including 6 films, 9 series, 5 stand-up shows, 3 documentaries and 1 unscripted series.

2019 was a year of success for Netflix in France, including the horror and YA sci-fi series Marianne and Mortel, comedies Plan coeur and Family Business, the film Banlieusards, and Grégory, the documentary series about a case that touched France. Netflix has renewed Mortel for a second season.

There is no confirmation yet of when BigBug will start preproduction.

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