Kassovitz to Helm Rebellion and MNP


The Hollywood Reporter says French director Mathieu Kassovitz (Gothika) is heading to war, then into space with upcoming titles Rebellion and MNP.

Kassovitz will both star in and direct Rebellion, based on the true story of French commandoes who clashed with tribal dwellers in the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia in 1988. The 15 million euros ($23.5 million) film, featuring an all-French A-list cast, will start shooting at the end of the year.

Kassovitz will also take on planet earth in MNP, a big-budget film set on a space station. MNP, the name of both the first space station and Kassovitz’s indie company with co-producer Benoit Jaubert, will feature two U.S. stars and eight actors from around the world.

The technologically heavy “end of the world” project will utilize special planes that are able to simulate a zero gravity environment for 25 seconds. MNP will work closely with space stations and aeronautical organizations to prepare for the complex project that is set to start shooting in 2011.