For Kassovitz, it all winds up with the end of the world


French director Mathieu Kassovitz is heading to war and then into space with the upcoming titles "Rebellion" and "MNP," produced by the director's production house MNP Entreprise.

Kassovitz will star in and direct "Rebellion," based on the true story of French commandos who clashed with tribal dwellers in the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia in 1988. The $23.5 million film, co-produced by UGC and Orange's film subsidiary Studio 37 and featuring an all-French A-list cast, will start shooting at year's end.

The true story about "10 days of hell" in New Caledonia marks Kassovitz's first time in a double role as actor-director since 1993's "Cafe au lait."

After rising to fame in Gaul, then making a name for himself stateside — both behind the camera ("Gothika") and onscreen ("Munich") — Kassovitz will take on Earth in "MNP," a big-budget film set on a space station.

"MNP," the name of the first space station and Kassovitz's indie shingle with co-producer Benoit Jaubert, will feature two U.S. stars and eight international actors.

MNP will work with space stations and aeronautical organizations to prepare for the complex "end of the world" project that is set to start shooting in 2011.

"Everything we've done until now has been preparing us to be able make this movie," Kassovitz said. (partialdiff)