THE ARTIST Director, Michel Hazanavicius, to Helm THE SEARCH

     January 8, 2012


The Golden Globe-nominated director of The Artist has announced his next project: a re-imagining of Fred Zinnemann’s Oscar-winning 1948 film, The Search. Though Michel Hazanavicius is currently in the middle of the awards season for The Artist (a black-and-white, dialogue-free tribute to the silent era of movies), he’s already setting his sights on a contemporary slant on The Search. The original was a story about a mother’s search for her young son who survived the concentration camps of World War II. His version will be set in Chechnya and will focus on the “special relationship between a woman and a young boy as well.” The Artist co-star and Hazanavicius’ wife, Berenice Bejo is already attached as the female lead, an NGO employee in the war-torn republic of Chechnya. Hit the jump for more on The Search.

Variety michel-hazanavicius-imageoriginally reported on Hazanavicius’ new project, which will also be produced by The Artist producer, Thomas Langmann. Though it is in early development at the moment, Hazanavicius did stress that The Search will be more traditional, ie in color and with spoken dialogue, something “totally different from The Artist.”

The next project by Hazanavicius will be The Players, a montage of short films set to the theme of infidelity and also starring The Artist’s Jean Dujardin. That picture will hit theaters on February 29th. Meanwhile, Bejo is currently filming Populaire for director Regis Roinsard and will next perform in Nicolas Bary’s The Scapegoat, an adaptation of the novel by Daniel Pennac.

The Artist, meanwhile, is nominated for six Golden Globes in addition to the other major awards it’s already earned. You can get caught up on all of our previous coverage of The Artist here.



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