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‘Amelie’ and ‘La La Land’ directors sign up with Netflix

/ 06:49 PM January 19, 2020
Amelie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet poses at the 70th-anniversary ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. Image: AFP/Anne-Christine Poujoulat

The maker of the quirky French hit “Amelie” is shooting a new film for Netflix, the streaming giant revealed Friday.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who broke through internationally with his 1991 cannibal comedy “Delicatessen”, is working on a similarly black futuristic caper called “Bigbug”.

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It was one of some 20 French projects announced by Netflix on Friday, topped by Damien Chazelle’s forthcoming musical series set in a Paris jazz club, “The Eddy”.

The Franco-American filmmaker — who triumphed at the Oscars with “La La Land” in 2017 — will premiere the series shot over 20 weeks in the French capital at the Berlin film festival next month.

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Netflix chief Reed Hastings also said that Fanny Herrero, the creator of the cult show “Call My Agent” had also been commissioned to make a new six-part series in French about young comedians trying to make their name in the Paris stand-up scene. He said the streamer was investing some 100 million euros ($111 million) in France this year.

Hastings had earlier confirmed that Netflix has some 6.7 million subscribers in the country and 158 million worldwide. RGA

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