EXCLUSIVE: Mesrine helmer Jean-Francois Richet has boarded the new action thriller Twice. It’s based on an original idea from Luc Besson, whose EuropaCorp will finance, produce and distribute the film Besson co-wrote with Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt. The pic revolves around a woman who’s been happily married for 20 years and suddenly finds a real-life military arsenal hidden in her home. She soon learns that her darling husband isn’t the guy she thought he was; in fact, she doesn’t even know if he’s really her husband.
Twice joins EuropaCorp’s upcoming slate that includes The Transporter Refueled on September 4; Shut In with Naomi Watts on February 19; Steve Quale’s The Lake starring Sullivan Stapleton and JK Simmons on July 15, 2016, and Barry Sonnenfeld’s Nine Lives starring Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken.
French director Richet is currently in post on Blood Father starring Mel Gibson and William H. Macy. He also recently wrapped a remake of the 1977 film Un Moment D’ergarement (One Wild Moment), starring Vincent Cassel and produced by La Petite Reine. His previous two films Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine Public Enemy #1, based on the infamous French gangster, both earned him the best director prize at the 2009 Cesar awards. Other past projects include Assault On Precinct 13 starring Ethan Hawke, Ma 6-T va crack-er and All About Love. He wrote, directed, edited and camera operated his debut feature Inner City, which won the Cesar for best first film in 1996. Richet is represented by UTA. Rothenberger and Benedikt are repped by UTA and managed by Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.