I’m catching up with some film news that broke first in the French press this week: Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet will adapt the 2009 Reif Larsen novel The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet. French major Gaumont has confirmed to me that the big budget English-language family film, working title T.S. Spivet, will be shot in 3D. The project marks a return to English for Jeunet whose last non-French foray was 1997’s Alien: Resurrection. Jeunet reteams here with longtime screenwriting collaborator Guillaume Laurant to adapt the story of gifted 12-year-old cartographer T.S. Spivet who one day receives a call from The Smithsonian informing him he’s won a prestigious prize.
Gaumont’s head of international, Cécile Gaget, is handling worldwide sales beginning early next year and expects this project to be a return to the vibrant world of Amelie, Jeunet’s whimsical 2001 smash. Shooting is to start in Spring 2012 in Canada with a release eyed for the second half of 2013. Casting is underway. Jeunet’s Very Long Engagement producer is Warner Bros France veteran Françis Boespflug who is making the film for Gaumont with Frédéric Brillion and Gilles Legrand producing for Epithète. Jeunet worked with them on his last picture, Micmacs A Tire-Larigot. Jeunet’s shingle Tapioca Films is also a co-producer.