3 lined up for 'Tokyo' tales
EmptyFrench directors Michel Gondry and Leos Carax and South Korean helmer Bong Joon-ho are turning Japanese. Each filmmaker is in negotiations to write and direct a segment of the tentatively titled "Tokyo," a triptych feature telling three separate tales of the city.
The project will be produced by Paris-based Comme des Cinemas, company founder Anne Sawada said Wednesday.
"It will be just like 'New York Stories' but set in Tokyo," said Bong, who just finished the script for his segment on a 26-hour plane ride from Australia to New York to promote his new Magnolia Pictures monster movie "The Host." As with the other story lines, Bong's plot is under wraps but involves the relationship between a Japanese man and woman.
Bong is tentatively set to begin filming his segment in July or August, with the other shoots expected to happen at about the same time. According to a source close to the project, the filmmakers will be given liberal access to city locations in return for the Tokyo-centric subject matter.
Gondry, who won a screenplay Oscar for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," is in postproduction on "Be Kind Rewind," produced by Georges Bermann's Partizan for New Line Cinema, with Focus Features handling international sales. Carax's credits include "Pola X," "Sans titre" and "The Lovers on the Bridge." Bong's credits include "Memories of Murder."
Gondry is represented by CAA. Carax is repped by Artmedia.
Gregg Goldstein reported from New York; Charles Masters reported from Paris.