France's Gaumont to Open U.S. Film Division

Gaumont produced Nicolas Winding Refn's 'The Neon Demon.'

Former Working Title exec Johanna Byer will oversee the division.

Following the successful launch of its TV division in the U.S., France’s Gaumont is launching a feature film division.

Former Working Title exec Johanna Byer will oversee the division as vp creative affairs, geared toward producing English language films.

The studio’s slate already includes a remake of South Korean hit Train to Busan, Point Blank, Dead Tired and the Barbarella project it has been developing since 2012. Nicolas Winding Refn was previously attached when it was a TV project, but now it appears to be heading to the big screen.

Byer will be scouring the legendary film company’s 1,100-title strong legacy library for new English-language projects to develop, working closely with head of international production Cecile Gaget and senior vp creative affairs Adam Fishbach in Los Angeles.

Vice CEO Christophe Riandee made the announcement of the new division. Riandee himself spearheaded the launch of the TV division, which has so far produced hits such as NBC’s Hannibal and Netflix's Narcos.

“The creation of this division, with four top-notch projects already on the slate, fits perfectly into Gaumont’s ambition to expand our global footprint with English-language movies, tapping into the network of talent and producers we have established these past few years in the U.S.,” said Gaumont CEO Sidonie Dumas.

“We are delighted to be adding Johanna to the Gaumont team. Her entrepreneurial spirit is refreshing and it’s clear by her optimism and drive that she will be a trailblazer for the next generation of Hollywood,” she added.