Director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) , whose erotic drama Two Mothers (aka Perfect Mothers, with Naomi Watts and Robin Wright) is due out April 3rd, 2013 in France, confirmed to Allocine that her next film will be a big screen version of Posy Simmonds graphic novel, Gemma Bovery.
While Fontaine was kind of ‘superstitious’ I guess in that she didn’t like to talk about the casting, French actor Fabrice Luchini revealed that he’ll be starring with Arterton, who he refers to as a ‘British atomic bomb’.
The story of an English couple who comes to live in Normandy is told in flashback, detailing the tragicomic last few months in the life of the titular character, an English expatriate. The setting is contemporary and is an overt reimagining of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, so perhaps it will be a bit of fun for those looking to shake up the literary canon.
Shooting kicks off this summer, so we should see the film some time in 2014.
Posy Simmonds is British newspaper cartoonist and writer and illustrator of children’s books who also wrote Tamara Drewe, adapted on the big screen by Stephen Frears in 2010 with Gemma Arterton in the lead role.
Ex-Bond girl Arterton was recently back in fine butt-kicking form as witch killer Gretel in a 3D animated comedy-action movie based on the famous fairytale. Witch Hunters star will next be seen this June in Neil Jordan‘s vampire drama, Byzantium.