'Song' of the South next on Dahan's chart

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"La Vie en Rose" director Olivier Dahan will go stateside for his next project, "My Own Love Song," set in the American South, French production shingle Legende said Tuesday.

Although Legende, run by producer Alain Goldman, is 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.

"Rose," Dahan's previous collaboration with Legende, 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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