PARIS (Hollywood Reporter) - Coco Chanel is back in style
in France, with two French films based on the life of the
fashion queen in the works.
Marina Hands, who recently picked up a Cesar Award,
France's equivalent of an Oscar, for her leading role in "Lady
Chatterley," will star in "Exorcist" director William
Friedkin's "Coco & Igor," based on the 2002 book by Chris
The book focuses on the love affair between Chanel and
avant-garde Russian composer Igor Stravinski. Friedkin, who
originally looked to fund it from the U.S., headed to France
where producer Claudie Ossard ("Amelie," "Paris, Je t'aime")
embraced the project.
Filming is set to begin in September for a spring 2008
release in French theaters.
Meanwhile, Daniele Thompson, director of recent
foreign-language Oscar submission "Avenue Montaigne," is
planning another project dedicated to the life of the 20th
century fashion icon. The film will be co-written by Thompson's
son, Christophe. No shooting date has been set.