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The Beast, comic book World War II film

MathieuKassovitz.jpgAfter Babylon A.D. Mathieu Kassovitz is set to make an animated film about the Holocaust, an interesting choice but not really that far from some of the sentiments in the story of Babylon A.D. starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Gérard Depardieu, Charlotte Rampling and Mark Strong.

The Beast is a film based on a comic book that was first seen during World War II. It takes a novel look at the war by presenting those nations involved in the form of animals. According to the article in Variety, Kassovitz says of the film that it will be...

...combining 3-D animation characters with natural settings; a one-minute pilot is in the works that should be ready by the end of the year...

"Children of five will be able to see the film and it will inform their understanding of World War II when they are 15 and learning about it at school"

Sounds a great project, and a new take on a war film. It's especially interesting as the material comes from the time of the War as well.

He's also working on another project, that of The Cave. The film is based on a true story where French commandoes were involved in a hostage rescue in New Caledonia in the South Pacific in 1988.Twenty-Two gendarmes were held in a cave for more than a week by Melanisian separatists when the commandoes went in to rescue them. Seventeen people were killed and twenty three hostages were freed.

Kassovitz said that this is an episode that has been brushed over and forgotten about, something he looks set to redress. He certainly is going from strength to strength in his upcoming projects.




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