Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Has Heart


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.