'Rose' director Dahan preps 'Love Song'

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PARIS -- "La Vie en Rose" director Olivier Dahan will continue his post-Oscar celebration stateside with his next project, "My Own Love Song," set in the American South, French production shingle Legende confirmed Tuesday.

While Legende, run by producer Alain Goldman, is still waiting for the ink to dry, the English-language road movie is tentatively set to star Sharon Stone and Forest Whitaker, who handed Dahan's "Rose" star Marion Cotillard her Oscar at Sunday's Academy Awards. "It's ironic, but we didn't know (we were close to a deal) then," a Legende spokesperson said.

Dahan described the film to Gallic radio station RTL as "a surrealist drama set between Kansas and Louisiana." Producers are scouting locations for the shoot, which will kick off in the summer.

Dahan's previous collaboration with Legende, "Rose," earned its leading lady the best actress prize at this year's Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Cesars. It also nabbed four Cesars in technical categories.
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