Well it’s that time of year: another super glamourous Cannes Film festival is unspooling, and soon pictures of George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie standing on the red carpet will remind us once more of their godly beauty and our own insect-oid squalor. A few cartoon types have slipped past the cordon, however. One of the films with the most buzz is the animated PERSEPOLIS it seems, and a French trailer has been released just in time.

The Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud film “Persepolis,” from Satrapi’s popular graphic novels about coming of age in Iran, is a French production that bills Kennedy as associate producer. The animation film, with a voice cast led by Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni, is one of the events of the festival. The “talent” will climb the red carpet in full regalia.

Following on the worldwide 300 phenomenon, The Spirit film will be one of the marquee pick-ups for overseas. The domestic distributor has just been named, bringing the Frank Miller project that much closer to reality:

Lionsgate has acquired domestic and U.K. distribution rights to “The Spirit,” a live adaptation of the classic Will Eisner comicbook series. Frank Miller wrote the script and will direct.

Deal marks the start of a multipicture pact under which Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce together. Odd Lot partners Gigi Pritzker and Deborah Del Prete are showing a finished script by Miller and will broker overseas territories during Cannes.


  1. Holey Crap! That Persepolis looks awesome!! :)

    As for this: “Frank Miller wrote the script and will direct.”

    I think it would be SUpremely ironic if Frank Miller manages to ruin his own reputation and Hollywood cred by trying to direct something he wrote. I think I would be laughing and crying at the same time.