'10 Days' among Ardisson's eight pics

Written by writer-producer of “Crash.”

CANNES -- French TV presenter and producer Thierry Ardisson is planning to spend "10 Days in Cannes," one of eight new feature film projects on his shingle Ardimages.

"Cannes," an original idea from Ardisson, is written by Bobby Moresco, the writer-producer of Paul Haggis' "Crash." The multilingual choral film about seven different characters during the Festival de Cannes will tell each character's story in a different genre.

"This movie is one big Valentine to filmmaking," Ardisson said. "Cannes is a microcosm of the real world. People are jailed in Cannes for 12 days -- they don't sleep, they don't eat and it all leads to an inevitable cimax. It was the perfect topic for a movie." Co-produced by Gallic production company LGM ("36"), "Cannes" is backed by Orange's film arm, Studio 37, and looking at a $10 million-$15 million budget.

Ardimages plans to focus on English-language, French-produced movies, whenever possible written by U.S. screenwriters. In addition to its English-language feature projects, Ardimages also is in pre-production on "The Emperor of the Night" a 10 million euros ($15.6 million) co-production with Mandarin based on a screenplay by Olivier Dazat. After "Cannes," Ardimages will again team up with LGM for "Talk Show," written by "Phone Booth" scribe Larry Cohen.

Other Ardimages projects in development include: French-language comedic drama "Victor" co-produced by F Comme Film and backed by Studiocanal, UGC-backed Beatles comedy "Liverpool" and City of Lights-based drama "Paris by Night" still in early stages of development.