Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Has Heart

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Luc Besson’s production, distribution and sales company EuropaCorp has acquired bigscreen adaptation rights to “La Mecanique du coeur” (The Mechanics of the Heart) and will turn Mathias Malzieu’s novel into a 3-D animated movie, reports Variety. Malzieu will write and co-direct.

Set in 1874, the story turns on a young man whose heart was replaced at birth with a clock. He should avoid strong emotions, above all love, but can’t keep his heart under control.

Stephane Berla will co-direct and Joann Sfar, who contributed graphics for the book, will collaborate in the novel-to-screen rendering.

“Mecanique” is the second animated feature to be added to EuropCorp’s slate, beyond its two sequels to the “Arthur and the Invisibles” franchise.

Shark Tale co-director Eric “Bibo” Bergeron is in production on the 3-D A Monster in Paris. Scheduled for release in April 2010, the tale of a monster attacking Paris in 1910 is voiced by Vanessa Paradis.