Besnehard takes rights to 'Grandmothers'

Mon Voisin to make the English-language drama

CANNES -- French superagent-turned-producer Dominique Besnehard has snagged the literary adaptation rights to Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing's "The Grandmothers."

Besnehard's production shingle, Mon Voisin Prods., is producing the English-language drama, which will be directed by Anne Fontaine and co-star Nathalie Baye and an A-list American actress. "I dream of casting Susan Sarandon in the role," Besnehard said.

"Grandmothers" is the story of two fiftysomething women, each of whom is having an affair with the other's son.

Fontaine, currently in pre-production on her highly anticipated Coco Chanel biopic starring Audrey Tautou, will shoot "Grandmothers" in Biarritz after production on "Coco" wraps.

Mon Voisin Prods. wrapped shooting on Caroline Bottaro's "Joueuse," starring Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire, earlier this week and is in post-production on Jean-Michel Ribes' "Musee Haut, Musee Bas," which stars a who's who of Gallic talent and is set for a September release in France.

Besnehard also plans to go back to his agent roots with new series "10%," in development for pay TV network Canal Plus. The series takes place in a French talent agency and will feature a number of guest appearances from celebrities playing themselves.