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Reno and Cassel teaming in new horror?

Reno-Cassel.jpgTelevision aside I think I'm right in saying that Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel have only appeared together in Mathieu Kassovitz's very good The Crimson Rivers (Les rivières pourpres), well there's a new film in production that will have fans of both actors excited, for they are about to appear together in a film by Christophe Gans called Fantomas.

The film is adapted by Gans and David Martinez from the Fantômas novels from Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), and so far Cassel and Reno are lined up to appear.

The film carries a short blurb on IMDB:

Based on the comic serial about an amoral master of disguise and sadistic killer.

However Wikipedia is the usual wealth of information on the topic telling us much more about the project.

One of the most popular characters in the history of French crime fiction, Fantômas was created in 1911 and appeared in a total of 32 volumes written by the two collaborators, then a subsequent 11 volumes written by Allain alone after Souvestre's death. The character was also the basis of various film, television, and comic book adaptations. In the history of crime fiction, he represents a transition from Gothic novel villains of the 19th century to modern-day serial killers...

...Fantômas...is shown as a sociopath who enjoys killing in a sadistic fashion. He is totally ruthless, gives no mercy, and is loyal to none, not even his own children. He is a master of disguise, always appearing under an assumed identity, often that of a person whom he has murdered. Fantômas makes use of bizarre and improbable techniques in his crimes, such as plague-infested rats, giant snakes, and rooms that fill with sand.

There's an interesting part of the article that talks about the way they created the books together, mirroring modern writing partnerships, particularly in Hollywood, and they would draw up the general plot then write alternate chapters separately bringing them together at the end of the story.

There were three Fantômas films in 1913 and two more in 1914, who said Hollywood's franchise and sequel machine was new? Those were silent films and another seven followed from 1932 through to 1966. There was even an attempt in 1980 at a television series with four episodes being made.

It wasn't just the novels, films and television series though, there were also comic books and graphic novels, proving that the Fantômas character has endured well and is very popular, and it may be a great time to resurrect the character.

AITH has the catch on the new Fantomas film and the character sounds really interesting, the big question will be which of the two great actors will be playing the lead role? Jean Reno or Vincent Cassel? I'm thinking Cassel and that's what IMDB has listed as well, superb.

Are we looking at a series revival in this new Fantomas?




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