Joe Dante, Xavier Gens Join Horror Omnibus 'Paris I'll Kill You'

Title is a play on the romantic portmanteau feature "Paris, je t'aime"

COLOGNE, Germany -- Genre masters Joe Dante (Germlins), Paco Plaza ([REC]) Vincenzo Natali (Splice), Xavier Gens (Hitman) and Ryuhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train) have signed up to direct segments of new horror omnibus feature Paris I'll Kill You, which Instinctive Film and Reverence are producing.

Brit director Christopher Smith (Creep), French duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (A L'Interieur) and German music video director Joern Heitmann will also helm segments of Paris IKU, described as a look at the seedy underbelly of the city of love.

The title is a spoof on the romantic portmanteau feature Paris, je t'aime (2006), which featured directors Gus van Sant, Alexander Payne, Tom Tykwer, Walter Salles and the Coen brothers, among others.

Darryn Welch and Mathieu Robinet are producing. Chris Ouwinga will act as executive producer together with Oliver Simon, Daniel Baur and Carl Clifton of K5 Film. K5 has picked up international sales rights and will be shopping the project to buyers at the American Film Market next week.

The producers are pitching Paris IKU as the first of a possible "horror city" franchise, again aping Paris je t'aime producers, who spun off the romantic capitals format with New York, I Love You and planned versions for Shanghai and Jerusalem.